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Re: Beer label removing tips

Posted by Cornelia on 10/08/2002 09:26:13 AM

Well, if you haven't noticed before, most Belgian labels come off very easily when soaked in water - frequently floating off with out extra assistance. You can always fill a sink, trashcan, bidet and just let them soak for a bit. If they need a little nudge, a single-edge safety razor blade slides under them fairly easily. There are a few products out there that enclose the blade in hard plastic so you have more of a handle to manipulate the blade and can cover the blade when not in use. Just don't pack one in your carry on! Also, you can frequently use the blade to remove a damp label without having to carry the bottle away for soaking later. I believe there is a deposit on bottles in Belgium and most cafes don't would rather you didn't take the bottles. We always ask if we may have the bottle noting we really only want the label - sometimes the bartender will soak it for us and give us the label.

Not very many of the Belgian breweries use adhesive labels (the hardest to remove). Cantillon is using them now and some of the imported ones have had them but I don't think we ran into any others while in Belgium. We've found the best way to get an adhesive label off (once you've decided that's what you are working with - they're not always readily identifiable) is to pour very hot water into the bottle allowing the adhesive to soften and then carefully peel the lable off. We then just re-stick it to thin paper or plastic.

Hope that helps.

European Vacation Part III Belgium Redux - Cornelia, 10/07/02 09:56:01 AM
        Beer label removing tips - MikeK, 10/08/02 08:51:02 AM
                Re: Beer label removing tips - Cornelia, 10/08/02 09:26:13 AM
                        Re: Beer label removing tips - MikeK, 10/08/02 01:40:18 PM
                                Re: Beer label removing tips - Cornelia, 10/08/02 01:43:55 PM
        Very interesting write-ups Cornelia. Loved to read them (nfm) - Filip Geerts, 10/08/02 05:17:37 AM
        Re: European Vacation Part III Belgium Redux - Mark A, 10/07/02 11:50:25 AM
                Re: European Vacation Part III Belgium Redux - Chuck Cook, 10/08/02 10:54:49 AM
                        Re: European Vacation Part III Belgium Redux - Mark A, 10/08/02 11:00:18 AM
                                Re: European Vacation Part III Belgium Redux - Chuck Cook, 10/08/02 11:41:01 AM
                Marty Jones. - Cornelia, 10/07/02 01:15:21 PM

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