Not the work from the Beatles, but the fact is I like to give my empty bottles to people that make their own wines. I figure that it is a better way to recycle and on occasion I guess I have empty bottles. This is a good companion piece to my prior article about corks that I have saved over the years. I have all of these wine labels that I have saved over the years from all of these empty wine bottles.
The reason that I am asking for help, is that I have found some wine labels that refuse to leave the bottles. I have tried a myriad of ways to separate the two and I must have a couple of cases of empty bottles that have tried my patience. I have tried the old tried and true method of filling the bottles with water and then placing them in containers and pouring boiling water in the container. In the old days, you could soak them off of the bottles just with room temperature water. Then I have tried the method of pouring boiling water into a funnel and filling just the bottle with the anticipation of melting the adhesive from the inside of the bottle. I have tried baking the bottles in the oven at 250F for ten minutes. Last winter I even thought that perhaps I should try freezing the labels off, by putting the filled bottles in a bucket of water and leaving them in the garage, until they were a solid block of ice. This group of bottles are defying me to get the labels.
That is why I am asking for help, does anyone have another method that they have had good luck with? Some of the bottles are from classic producers, some are from popular price producers and some just have some beautiful designs. Please let me know if you have another trick; I know that there are chemicals that will dissolve the glue, but at the same time they dissolve the label as well, and that is not my goal.