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Old 11-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #21
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I recently tried the 'fillling the bottle up with hot hot water and wait a few minutes then peel off' method. I cleaned up 2 dozen bottles in a 1/2 hour, including filling and wait time. So much saved time! Considering I still have 300 red bottles in the basement to clean, it makes it feel just a bit more do-able.

Didn't work on the white bottles I have though. Will try the oven method next for those.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #22
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When I have some glue residue -- particularly from stubborn, commerical glued-on labels -- I pull out my secret weapon -- WD40.

It's unbelievably effective -- spray a little on, the glue breaks down and you can wipe it clean -- no elbow grease required! I try to ensure none gets INSIDE the bottle, but either way I do an extra good job on any bottle cleaned this way when I rinse it out. I also tend to put those bottles in the dishwasher, upright on the tines.

I also realized that it's safer to go ahead and bottle the wine in these less-than-perfect bottles, then use WD40 on them after they're full and corked -- no chance of getting any inside! I will do this on occasion, wipe them clean and relabel.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:11 PM   #23
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I use B-Brite to soak and a short handled grill brush. Works every time!

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Old 01-19-2014, 04:24 PM   #24
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I de labeled 19 bottles yesterday using the oven method
Rinsed with warm water

300 degrees for 10 min
Used a razor blade to peel label off .
All labels seemed to peel off with ease.
Unfortunately the glue did not.
I the slathered on some goo be gone. Then rinsed soap and water.

Took about hour and half, but I was also helping my daughter with a craft project.

The oven worked better then just scrapping with a straight razor blade.

The only issue I had was having 3 bottles crack coming out of the oven. Not sure if I left them in the oven too long or did not wait long enough to rinse with warm water.
But loosing 3 out of 19 is not bad!
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:31 PM   #25
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I use a much lower temperature, like 200 or 250. Have not broken any.

My experience is that, yes, there is glue left behind, but it is taken care of easily by my "normal" treatment of PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) and water.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:53 PM   #26
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Let me tell yea...there's nothing like soaking over night oxy-clean...they float right off...make sure you use the green top..scent free...for the ones that didn't float of...a razor blade without work.

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Old 01-19-2014, 09:09 PM   #27
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most of mine are floaters after an hour or two in oxi-clean the ones that aren't scrape off easily with a razor blade.

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Old 01-19-2014, 09:44 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by StephenRiggs View Post
Let me tell yea...there's nothing like soaking over night oxy-clean...they float right off...make sure you use the green top..scent free...for the ones that didn't float of...a razor blade without work.
^ I also use this method and it seems to be the best for me - if there is any residue either citrasol or some type of thinner agent that has to be used out doors because of the flammability.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:20 AM   #29
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i never know the trick. thanks for the information

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:38 AM   #30
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there is as many ways to remove labels, as there is at making wine...

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