How to remove bottle labels the easy way.

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  1. Aug 30, 2016 #21

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    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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    what about a bench capper....
     
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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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    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.
     
  9. Mar 22, 2017 #29

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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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    Hi!
    I'm lucky enough to be on t'committee at my local WMC so have an unlimited source of bottles.
    Old Mout cider labels come off very easily after soaking in Wizz Oxi for 10 minutes, but the easiest of all are Zywiec - they float off during the soaking.
    One tip I got from t'Interweb was not to lie the bottles down when soaking; stand them up so that they fill up - then heat is being applied from both sides of the glass.
    I found plastic storage boxes are ideal for label removal.
     
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    Clint,

    Boil the kettle, pick the corner and pour the boiling water over it a wee bit, peel some more and repeat. did this last night and got the labels off in one piece. just take a wire wool scrubber to the glue after some more boiling water and it cleans right up.
     
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    I'll have to try the wire wool on these myself. That tacky residue is the work of the devil.
     
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    I find the worst bottles now are the Williams Bros ones, real PITA.

    but boiling water and wire wool works on most others easily.
     
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    True that.
     
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    I'm doing a fair sized batch this afternoon I blagged out of a pubs recycling bin.

    Not a total solution, but I find that some leave a residue that even the wire wool finds hard to shift. Turns out some white spirit on kitchen roll does a great job!
     
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    THIS! There's a local brewery that uses those plastic labels and some others that use a petroleum​based glue, and all those bottles go right in the bin. Not worth my time...metal scrubber and furniture polish my a$$. If it ain't soaking off​ in sodium percarbonate, it ain't going in bottle rotation!
     
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    LOL! When I first saw this, I thought you meant me! My home brewery is Black Island Brewing. Then I realized what you meant. Where are they? I think I want to see if I can visit then when we cross the pond next year for a visit to the UK.
     
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    Maybe a separate thread, but if you do it in this stuff does it also sanitize the bottles at the same time?
     
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    No, but it cleans without scrubbing. I soak my glass carboys with this and hot tap water, and only ever have to scrub the neck at the waterline.
    I've heard some say they sanitize with it, but you'd have to rinse. I use Starsan and a vinator to sanitize.
     
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