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Old 01-02-2009, 07:26 PM   #21
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I am noob here so FWIW...
A soak over night in clear ammonia/h2o solution takes any and every label off except for the Sierra Harvest Ale 20oz's (some kinda funky,foamy glue on them)
I rinse thoroughly, set to dry and ready for sanitation later.


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Old 01-02-2009, 08:03 PM   #22
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Hot water and oxyclean... that will take the balls off a brass monkey...


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Old 01-02-2009, 09:58 PM   #23
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Method: Hot water soak, with or without oxyclean, wipe/scrub off glue residue;

Easiest: German or British beers (they fall right off, little glue residue);

Hardest: Laminated labels (Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash, several other craft brewers; the adhesive only seems to comes off with solvents like goo-gone);

How I label: sharpie on cap or printing on 3/4" round stickers and applying to cap (with size 6 font you can squeeze on the name, date, IBU, OG, etc.)
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:58 PM   #24
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The hardest label to remove... Stone IPA
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:02 PM   #25
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The hardest label to remove... Stone IPA
Nope, Starsan Soak overnight to 1 week and a quick rinse...

Impossible to remove Rogue Silkscreen and half of the redstripe bottles I own...methinks either they changed their paint, or different bottler factories use different paint...Half of them soak off after a couple weeks in starsan, and the other half even a 100% starsan won't remove it...nor the rogues.

But stones are a piece of cake, actually to me easier than paper labels with oxyclean.
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Sometimes, depending on the hardness or softness of the water there will be a "scale" or white crusty dried soapscum that may be difficult to remove even with lots of rinsing. I have found that soaking them in Starsan at regular dillution dissolves it. Other brewers have recommended a weak solution of vinegar and water. Both are weak acids, and they do the trick.
Hmmm....you think vinegar and water would take the paint off of painted bottles? It'd be a lot cheaper than Starsan, and I've got a lot of 8oz Coke bottles I'd like to get the paint off of....
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Hmmm....you think vinegar and water would take the paint off of painted bottles? It'd be a lot cheaper than Starsan, and I've got a lot of 8oz Coke bottles I'd like to get the paint off of....
I doubt if the acid in vinegar is strong enough...oh I forgot, starsan will not remove the paint of the 6 mexican coke bottles I have either....

I've been thinking of trying muriatic acid on all the stubborn ones, I think it's pretty cheap at the hardware store....

I would like to get all my Redstripe stubbies clean. They would be great for Belgian beers, dontja think?
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I have had success removing screen labeled bottles with 1 part muriatic acid and 3 parts water soaking for 15 minutes. You can get the acid at Lowes 2 gallons for $9 bucks. I just use a glass vase that fits a bottle at a time and soak while watching TV or something switching out whenever I remember.
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Nope, Starsan Soak overnight to 1 week and a quick rinse...

Impossible to remove Rogue Silkscreen and half of the redstripe bottles I own...methinks either they changed their paint, or different bottler factories use different paint...Half of them soak off after a couple weeks in starsan, and the other half even a 100% starsan won't remove it...nor the rogues.

But stones are a piece of cake, actually to me easier than paper labels with oxyclean.

Seriously? I scrubbed on it for a second and gave up. Good to know!
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I tested the vinegar theory on my 8oz Coke bottles.
Straight white distilled vinegar soak, 48 hours later...
not even scratchable. Oh well, that was going to be a SUPER cheap resolution. Muriatic acid sounds like a good bet. Cheaper than starsan and I don't have to drive as far to get it. I really want to use up my 1/2 gallon of free idophor before I switch to starsan. Maybe I'll start giving it away to my brewing friends.


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