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Old 30-08-2016, 06:08 PM   #21
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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.
why buy new bottles that are empty when you can buy pre-loved bottles that come with lovey liquid refershments in them then why not....
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Old 30-08-2016, 06:10 PM   #22
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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...
what about a bench capper....
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Old 31-08-2016, 09:26 PM   #23
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Bench capper works well with Koppaberg bottles.

I've used a lot of clear bottles from Old Speckled Hen and those labels are a joy to get off and float off after ten minutes soaking in just hot water. You can also see the beer more easily when filling and when checking clarity. Having said that, there are reports that beer in clear bottles can go a bit funny in the sunshine, but mine are either kept in the dark in the garage or don't last long enough.

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Washing soda or (vanish powder) works really well in warm water and soaked
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On the paper labels that don't slip off nicely once the bottles soaked for a while, or when I've been too impatient to let soak long enough, I have found a potato peeler gets the worst off and a normal sponge scourer finishes it off.
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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.
agreed re: erdinger, also anything Belgian tends to come off in warm water too!

even the foil topped bottles
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I have just done the technique with the washing soda in the bath tub and what the hell was I doing with my life before Haha. Most labels were off before I'd even tried to peel then off. Some took a bit if scrubbing with a metal scourer and to make sure there wasn't any sticker residue.

I will say when you re use bottles I have found myself picking beer with an easy to remove label bottle rather than a plastic sticker which aren't worth the trouble haha
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It's a bit hot on the fingers, but pouring hot (not boiling - safety!) water over a plastic label temporarily melts the glue making it easier to peel off. It still leaves a glue splodge on the glass, but I'm hoping oxi/dishwasher (oxi in dishwasher?) will take that of now that it can access it.
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It didn't. Scrubbing with WD40 worked. Black Isle Brewery must be very concerned about their labels falling off.
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After removing the labels from my first batch of bottles I thought I'd look into buying new ones. When I saw the price I decided that emptying them myself is far more fun, even if removing the labels from some is a faff, even with steel wool.
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