Stubborn label glue removal mistake?

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kyle6367

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Hey all,
I was hoping to get some guidance on my first wine making/bottling venture. I have a batch of wine just about ready to bottle, and have been gathering used bottles to cut down on the expense. I was able to get the labels off very easily by filling the bottle with boiling water, which allowed me to just peel off the label with no problem. The issue was there was a layer of glue left behind that was a royal pain to remove. I ended up using GOO GONE with the glue lifted off perfectly with a quick wipe of a towel. Once they were all de-glued, I filled a 6 gallon bucket up with hot water and one step for washing. I basically let each bottle sit ( with the inside filled with water) in the bucks for a few minutes. Then I took each one out, shook it up a bunch to agitate the water inside, and then stuck it on the drying rack.

After I realized there was likely GOO GONE reside from the towel on the outside of the bottles when they went in the water bucket. I'm nervous that it inevitably made its way inside the bottles. I had planned to dunk the bottles in STAR SAN cleaner to sanitize before bottling, but with this exposure to GOO GONE come back to haunt me? Are the 30 bottles I cleaned ruined?

It isn't the end of the world if they are trash, as this is my first time around and bound to make mistakes. Would another washing with ONE STEP help dissolve residual GOO GONE, or is the first bath plus the STAR SAN enough?

Thanks!
 

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I think if you were to fill and shake each bottle with hot water you will be ok, run some more sulfite or starsan through them and give them a good sniff test.
 

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A little bit of dish soap in your water that you shake up will easily remove the goo gone. I would make sure I shake the bottle with plain water after that. Shake with rinse water until no more suds appears.
 

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Welcome to WMT!

I agree with the others: you are probably fine. To make sure, after completing the cleaning steps you envision, simply fill the bottle with water and sip. If you can't taste Goo-gone, then it is not going to be a problem with your wine!
 

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This is a carboy and bottle washer that screws onto a faucet with an adapter, $10 - 15 at most wine & beer supply stores. I got mine at labelpeelers.com. This would be a boon to bottle washing.
They are really nice to have. One of these days I'm going to buy a second one and crimp the end to allow for more pressure.
 

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Thanks for the replies! I will likely add an additional step in the cleaning process just to make sure it's clean. I will definitely check out that bottle washer... it looks like it would save a ton of time/effort.
 

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I ran in to an interesting situation while thinking of cleaning a bottle from Costco. The label is permanent. I tried the microwave procedure and it didn't have even a hint of peeling. I even tried a razor knife, no help. Probably have to use a strong acid of some sort. I have no interest in doing that!! To the dump it goes.
 

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This is a carboy and bottle washer that screws onto a faucet with an adapter, $10 - 15 at most wine & beer supply stores. I got mine at labelpeelers.com. This would be a boon to bottle washing.
Didn't know such a thing existed...............Thankyou so much for sharing!.................................DizzyIzzy
 

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I've used OxiClean to get labels to peel off. Usually works pretty good. I have learned to fill the bottles with just plain hot water so oxiclean doesn't get inside the bottles (it leaves a residue that can be tough to get out). So basically I fill the bottles with hot water and then put them in a 5 gallon bucket and fill the bucket with hot water and oxiclean. Let them soak for about 30 mins. Any residual glue left on the bottles I can easily get off with hot water and steel wool pads, the kind that have the soap in them.
 

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That will work no doubt. I use the jet attached to the hot faucet to to clean inside when using swing top Grolsh bottles. I keg beer but make a six pack now and again. I call the beer NotGrolsch because the swingtop bottles are embossed with Grolsh. It should work on wine bottles as well.
 
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