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Old 01-25-2009, 07:54 PM   #1
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Well, after all my questions about corking my old screw top bottles, I had a brainwave...

The bottle bank in the municipal car-park near the top of our street rarely if ever has the lids locked, so I took a load of our glass for recycling and came back with 20+ (formally corked) wine bottles!

I've soaked them in hot water and found a massive difference in the glue used on the labels:

Some floated off
Some peeled off easily
Some scrubbed off with a little effort

Then there’re the others

The ones where the glue outright refuses to come off, no mater how hot the water and no matter how hard I scrub.

Anyone have any tips for getting the awkward label-glue off of the bottles?



 
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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Soak in a strong Oxyclean or StarSan solution for 24 hrs or so. That should do the trick.


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Old 01-25-2009, 08:10 PM   #3
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Try using an old dish scrubbing sponge with a little bit of nail polish remover.

 
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:19 PM   #4
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You may find this sticky useful: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f46/labe...-thread-91726/ Regards, GF.

 
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:27 PM   #5
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I use inexpensive ammonia. Less than a dollar a bottle. I put about 1/2 cup in a small plastic bag sitting in a plastic bowl/bucket. Lay the bottle in the ammonia label side down and it falls off in about 15 minutes. No scrubbing required. Another method is to dillute a cup or two of ammonia in water in a 5 gallon bucket. Submerge as many bottles in there that you can and let it sit a day or so. Labels fall off.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:48 PM   #6
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Well, I've tried OxiClean (as per labels thread) and 2 of the bottles have come up a treat.

The rest are now without labels, but with impossible-to-remove glue squares.

I'll Try ammonia next(thanks for that).

 
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:53 PM   #7
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Watch your nose!! The ammonia cleans out your nasal passages!!

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Old 01-27-2009, 11:54 PM   #8
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Oh, another thought. I haven't tried it but I bet Goof Off would get the real hard ones off! That could be expensive though.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:38 PM   #9
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I have baked the bottle in the oven on low about 250% for a couple of hours and then scrape it off. this has worked for me.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:15 PM   #10
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If I were getting my bottles for free, I'd just put the difficult ones back and go get another batch



 
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