Every once and a while, as a reluctant as we are, home brewers sometimes buy beer. Shocking isn’t it? It’s not a big deal; we usually reuse those bottles for our own brew. But there’s a problem with this.
One of the biggest pains for a home brewer is removing labels from old bottles.
In fact, it just plain sucks. Scrubbing with steal wool. Shaving it off with a razor blade. Nothing seems to work.
Until now. (cue the dramatic music)
The easiest and most effective way to remove labels from beer bottles is..
Seriously! Just submerge your bottles in the sink, pour in a bit of dish soap, and sprinkle a small amount of OxiClean powder over the labels. A couple hours would probably do, but I usually let them soak over night. In the morning, you can just pull the labels off and easily remove the left over glue by wiping with an old scrubby.
There, I’ve saved you hours! Maybe even days! (Numbers are over the course of your lifetime. Results may vary.)
For good info on home-brewing beer, there’s not much better than Home Brew Talk. And for techie-questions, I also love Stack Overflow and the whole Stack Exchange for the voting and atmosphere. The cool thing is, both of these ideas are now combined into one site:
Homebrew – Stack Exchange
It’s left to be seen, but hopefully the people on this new site are as insightful as on Home Brew Talk. I’ll try posting on both to get a good feel of which ones better. The interface for Homebrew – StackExchange is WAY better than Home Brew Talk’s, which seems to be some bad, old forum software from the late 90s. But since HBT has been around for a long time, there is a TON of wisdom there that should never be overlooked. Just sayin, take a gander for yourself. Let me know which one you use and what you like about either one.
And if you don’t know: Don’t worry. Have a homebrew. :)
P.S. In case you have an account on either one, I wouldn’t mind being in your circle. Check out my profiles if you got a moment:
My Homebrew – StackExchange Profile
My Home Brew Talk Profile
Currently brewing a belgian wit and a honey brown ale.
The only reason these have anything to do with each other is that they were both brewed by myself and a gracious helper. The honey brown ale on the right was brewed with Tom May and the Wit on the left was brewed with my Mom.
They’re both all-grain. These are my 3rd and 4th all-grains, and probably 14 / 15th of all the batches under my belt. I sure have learned a lot in the last year.