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Offline octess

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beer label...stuck!
« on: December 08, 2010, 06:48:30 AM »
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!
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2010, 07:02:55 AM »
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.
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2010, 07:23:19 AM »
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.
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2010, 07:30:20 AM »
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....
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2010, 09:44:17 AM »
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.
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010, 09:48:47 AM »
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!
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2010, 09:59:49 AM »
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.

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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2010, 10:20:11 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.

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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2010, 12:06:34 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.

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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2010, 12:13:11 PM »
Oxyclean

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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2010, 01:16:48 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.
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2010, 02:35:43 PM »
Thanks all! will try that and post again later!
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2010, 02:48:32 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...)

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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2010, 08:59:07 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.

Aaah, that's where I went wrong, I used cold water. SNPA is my "drink it to get empty bottles" brand of choice..... ;D
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Re: beer label...stuck!
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2010, 12:15:58 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 :-)
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