I really enjoy the fruits of your labors. I don't buy BMC any more. Thanks for you hard work, and excellent product.
But. . .
I am a home brewer. I normally just keg my beer, but when I need to enter contests, I need bottles. And since most of you use the kind of bottles I need, I usually wash them, and remove the labels. Unfortunately for me, I don't do that as I drink the beer. I usually let the bottles pile up and clean what I have to have when I bottle.
However, a few weeks ago, Satan (my brewing partner) asked me to bring any clean bottles I have for our joint brew that happened the other day. We wanted to bottle the beer so we could each have a case of each beer. So I spent almost 4 hours, including soaking time, cleaning two cases of bottles. And some of you guys have hacked me off.
Why slather so much glue across the bottle to attach your label?
First, props to a couple of brewers who are frugal in their glue use: Real Ale Brewing Company and Great Lakes Brewing Company. The Great Lakes labels slide off after a thirty minute soak in hot water. Real Ale applies a thick strip of glue on each side of the label, but doesn't use any glue anywhere else. Thanks, guys!
The rest of you guys spread glue on your bottles like you're Bob Ross painting a happy mountain! C'mon, guys!
All right. I will appeal to your bottom line. Imagine how much money you would save if you cut your glue use in half!
Thanks for you time. I still like your beer. I just hate to clean your bottles.
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