How to Remove Beer Labels

Remove the label from a beer bottle to keep as a memento or to add to a collection.

Removing the label allows drinkers to see the liquid clearly.Removing the label allows drinkers to see the liquid clearly.
Beer manufactures use glue to attach the labels to the bottles. Hot water and steam loosen the glue without harming the label. After removing the label, dry it out completely before storing it. Beer companies use paper, plastic and sticker labels. The material the label is made from depends on the type of beer. The glue on the back of sticker labels also loosens with steam and hot water.

Empty the beer bottle.

Fill a saucepan halfway with water. Place on a stove top burner. Turn the burner to medium heat.

Heat the water until it simmers.

Hold the beer bottle over the surface of the water for five minutes to allow the steam to loosen the label. Set the beer bottle on a flat surface.

Place the skinny end of the funnel into the opening of the beer bottle.

Turn off the stove burner. Pour the hot water into the beer bottle through the funnel. Add water until the top of the liquid sits 1/2 an inch over the top of the label. Let the hot water sit for 10 minutes.

Soak the bottles for another hour if there is any glue left on it. Scrub off the glue with a scrub brush. Rinse with clean water.

Dump out the water. Peel off the label slowly.

Lay out a towel on a flat surface. Place the label on top of the towel. Place another towel on top of the label. Drink Focus recommends placing a heavy item on top of the label during the drying process to keep it flat. Leave the label to dry for one to three days.

Things You Will Need

  • Saucepan
  • Water
  • Small funnel
  • 2 towels
  • Heavy item (book, brick)

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