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Old 27-06-2016, 08:36 PM   #11
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I put a load (20+) of empties in a large black plastic bin full of water and left them for a couple of weeks. Went into the garden before and took them off with steel wool in less than 10 minutes; literally fell off.
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Old 27-06-2016, 09:04 PM   #12
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I will try washing soda and see if it is any better than washing up liquid and a soak overnight. Usually by morning they are soft enough to scrape off leaving just a few bits left, that a stainless scouring pad takes off completely. Then it goes in the dishwasher. I don't want to gunge that up as it is magic - and runs on sunshine and pixiedust
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Consider tough labels punishment for being a tight git...buy new bottles

Sharp knife and steel wool, furniture polish for stubborn glue.
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Am I the only nerd who actually attempts to get the labels off in one piece so I can keep them? Judging by the number of beer bottle labels for sale on ebay, obviously not...
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Up to now the worst I've found are from St Austell brewery on Proper Job and Tribute..plastic label stuck on with glue. Hot water will not shift these..or remove the glue..peeled them off leaving a sticky patch that only solvent would clear...I'm used to resins,glues and solvents as I use them by the ton in work and even I thought these were the work of the devil...recent empties just got a good scalding out and then sterilised on bottle day..

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Old 28-08-2016, 06:17 PM   #16
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I just soak them in warm soapy water for an hour until the labels peel off then us white spirit soaked dish washing sponge/ scourer to remove the glue
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find yourself a friendly local pub who sell Koppaberg cider and get them to save you the bottles.

After a couple of minutes in warm water, the labels just fall off.

Also the bottles are a really nice sort of khaki colour glass.

They don't work with hand cappers though...
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Good tip about the Kopaberg bottles. Whilst a hand capper struggles I find doing it both sides and it works fine. Best bottles bar none are erdinger. Labels peel right off after a short soak and they are tough as anything.
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I find WD40 works very well with any stubborn label. I soak in hot water to get rid of most of the label or what I can then loosen what is left with WD40. Never found one yet that this does not work with.
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I like a brew dog now and then and i also like using the smaller 330ml bottles. labels tear offand the glue can be a little stubborn but a scourer will cure that
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