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Old 09-07-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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32 gallons water, 1/2 gallon bleach...soak over night and the labels practically fall off...use window razor blade and snap...no more than 10 second per bottle..Bleach breaks down the glue, use a rag to rub off any residual glue... It also disinfects... Then process bottles as you normally would... I recycled about 100 bottle with about 1 1/2 of work

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Old 09-08-2013, 06:14 AM   #2
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I've always been told to avoid bleach like the plague in wine making. I use oxyclean.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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As DoctorCAD said, you should not be using bleach around any winemaking equipment or area. What you really want to do is sanitize not disinfect.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:19 AM   #4
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Anyone use k-meta and citric acid blend ?

 
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:38 AM   #5
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First off as said above DO NOT USE BLEACH unless you like cork taint, it's your choice and risk. Meadowcreek, I use it all the time for sanitizing. Now back to Stephen, I like your style but instead of bleach I would like to suggest using unscented oxy-clean. Works great for me.

 
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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Thank you Runningwolf for the advice. I will try the Oxy cleaner next for removing labels...the bottles that I used bleach to remove labels will be cleared again with B-Brite, a rinse free cleaner then sanitized with metabisulfate solution before use. Thoughts?

 
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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I would rinse the B-brite.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:31 PM   #8
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I dunno about the whole 'no bleach' thing. When I dug my 5 gal. carboy out of the shed and found that it had been an accidental mouse-trap for ten years, I used bleach on it. A LOT of bleach. Then rinsed it out about 10 times, let it sit in the hot sun all day (sunlight breaks down chlorine compounds, that's why you have to add chlorine preservers to your pool) and then hit it with Star-San. Don't think I would use it for regular sanitation duty or on anything not made of glass.
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I know some of us have mentioned oxiclean - that is the one that has the green lid - no perfumes,no dye or chlorine.

The other Oxiclean does have all the things mentioned - I believe that one has a blue lid ? Good for laundry - not wine

Dan I just noticed that you did mention unscented -

 
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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Ok. My second post. I put this somewhere else then found this thread, so excuse me if this has been discussed before. I have found a very easy way to remove stubborn non-water based glue labels-original or aftermarket. Fill the bottle with nearly boiling water and wait a few minutes. Pull up an edge of the label with a razor blade and pull it slowly with your fingers. The heat softens the glue and the label will peel off cleanly. If any glue remains, i clean it with a small dab of glass stove top cleaner on a blue scotch brite pad.

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