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Title: beer label...stuck!
Post by: octess on December 08, 2010, 01:48:30 PM
Hi everyone!
Anybody has some good cues in removing old label from bottles?
Rather kegging, but christmas is coming and bubbling gifts are always much appreciated!
Thanks!
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: James Lorden on December 08, 2010, 02:02:55 PM
A soak in hot PBW will usually do the trick... if some sticks after the label peels off just scrub with the rough side of the sponge.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: bluesman on December 08, 2010, 02:23:19 PM
A soak in hot PBW will usually do the trick... if some sticks after the label peels off just scrub with the rough side of the sponge.

+1

I have found pretty good success with this method as well.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: oscarvan on December 08, 2010, 02:30:20 PM
Yes, I noticed the glues they use today are not as easy to remove as they used to be. But, now they don't "float off" in the cooler with ice water....
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: Hokerer on December 08, 2010, 04:44:17 PM
Yes, I noticed the glues they use today are not as easy to remove as they used to be. But, now they don't "float off" in the cooler with ice water....

Depends a lot on the brewery also.  Bells, Victory, DFH, labels seem to fly off if you just fart in their general direction.  Blue Mountain, Weyerbacher, need a small thermonuclear device to remove theirs.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: James Lorden on December 08, 2010, 04:48:47 PM
Yes, I noticed the glues they use today are not as easy to remove as they used to be. But, now they don't "float off" in the cooler with ice water....

Depends a lot on the brewery also.  Bells, Victory, DFH, labels seem to fly off if you just fart in their general direction.  Blue Mountain, Weyerbacher, need a small thermonuclear device to remove theirs.

You have a small nuclear device? That's awesome!
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: piszkiewiczp on December 08, 2010, 04:59:49 PM
I've found that most labels will come off after soaking in an alkaline cleaner and a quick scrub - automatic dishwasher detergent works for me. Two Brothers Brewery west of Chicago uses a mylar plastic type label. Those will come off if you heat up the bottle, but I need to use acetone or lacquer thinner toget the remaining adhesive off.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: richardt on December 08, 2010, 05:20:11 PM
The labels on the Sierra Nevada bottles come off after an hour soak in the cooler filled with hot water.  Slide right off usually.
Plus, I like the more squat 12 oz bottle over the normal tall-n-skinny 12 oz bottles.  Just aesthetics.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: wiley on December 08, 2010, 07:06:34 PM
Ammonia and water! A quick five minute soak has taken off every lable I've thrown at it - including the foil Avery Brewing uses on their bombers.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: tubercle on December 08, 2010, 07:13:11 PM
Oxyclean

R.I.P. Billy Mayes. I miss you.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: beersk on December 08, 2010, 08:16:48 PM
Ammonia and water! A quick five minute soak has taken off every lable I've thrown at it - including the foil Avery Brewing uses on their bombers.
Isn't that dangerous to dunk your arm into a bucket of that stuff?

I usually use BBrite and hot water, soak over night.  Some labels fall right off and float, some are harder to get off.
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: octess on December 08, 2010, 09:35:43 PM
Thanks all! will try that and post again later!
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: bgrace on December 08, 2010, 09:48:32 PM
I like to put the bottles in the dishwasher and some come off (have to pull them off the filter at the bottom) and others do not. But, it is also a good way to clean them. The ones that come off the best are the Belgium beers (Duvell, Kwak, etc...)
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: oscarvan on December 09, 2010, 03:59:07 AM
The labels on the Sierra Nevada bottles come off after an hour soak in the cooler filled with hot water.  Slide right off usually.
Plus, I like the more squat 12 oz bottle over the normal tall-n-skinny 12 oz bottles.  Just aesthetics.

Aaah, that's where I went wrong, I used cold water. SNPA is my "drink it to get empty bottles" brand of choice..... ;D
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: nooberdev on December 09, 2010, 07:15:58 AM
Ammonia and water! A quick five minute soak has taken off every lable I've thrown at it - including the foil Avery Brewing uses on their bombers.

This is the best method I know of, just keep it in a well ventilated area :-)
Title: Re: beer label...stuck!
Post by: Kit B on December 09, 2010, 04:28:36 PM
Oxyclean

R.I.P. Billy Mayes. I miss you.

+1