One of the most boring things to do in home brewing is to remove beer labels from used bottles.
When you start trying to remove beer labels from used bottles then you really start thinking if you should not just start kegging your beer. Some of the labels can be so stuck it is just terrible, when I was in Denmark I found out that most of the bottles brewed there were quiet easy to get the labels off. But here in Iceland most of the breweries probably found a big shipment of some powerful superglue and are using it, except Gæðingur Brewery they are home brewer friendly.
What to do?
I normally start by just soaking the bottles in hot water and sometimes if you are really lucky then it is quiet easy to remove the beer labels after that. But if that is not going to work then you can use some other methods. Most households have baking soda in their kitchen, you can add that to small amount of water and put it on the labels, and in 30 minutes you should be able to scrub them off. For more stubborn labels I use OxiClean, just add that to the water and wait sometimes it is enough for an hour, but most of the time I just let it soak overnight.
Is it still not coming off?
Like for some of the beer bottles now that I am trying to remove beer labels from, they are just not coming off!! For them I just use steel wool and if I had it then I also would use razor blade.
How do you do it?
It would be fun to hear from others how do you remove beer labels and do you buy beers from breweries that are easier to remove the labels.
Beer Snapchat is something that is getting more and more popular, and all the breweries should use it!
Why should breweries use Snapchat?
It is getting more common that brands are using Snapchat to promote their brand, by using Snapchat you can have more fun with your costumers and build up a better relationship with them. Craft beer consumers have not been know to be very brand loyal so this is a great way to try to get them to like your brand more and get them more interested in the craft beer culture. With Snapchat you can reach a audience which you might not be reaching with your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Icelandic beer Snapchat
Here in Iceland the brewery Ölvisholt has started to use this social media platform and I think that it is fun to watch what they are doing over there now, new owners and new beers coming out.
Ölvisholt have mostly been posting pictures and videos of every day things that you have to do in a brewery, brewing, bottling and of course tasting their products.
The newest brewery in Iceland The Brothers Brewery in Vestmannaeyjar, have also started to use Snapchat and I am really looking forward to see how they are going to use this platform to promote their brewery and probably their restaurant also.
Though that I do not have a commercial brewery or brew every day, then I decided to make a Snapchat account for my blog and my beer and brewing hobby. By doing so then the people that follow my personal snapchat do not have to watch something about beer all the time.
I hope to find more Scandinavian breweries to add to my snapchat and if you know about a good brewery or beer snapchat then let me know and I will put it on the list.
In most nations beer has not been looked at as a danger to society, but in Iceland the parliament decided that this product and all other alcohol beverages should be made illegal. This law did not take effect until 1915. In the year 1935 strong alcohol and wine was made legal again but beer was still something that was not made legal. The beer was made legal again the 1. mars 1989 but then there were many people really afraid that when this dangerous beverage would be made legal again then the society would not be able function properly. People thought that everybody would start drinking all day long and not being able to do their jobs.
Now 27 years later many things have changed in the beer culture in Iceland, though that when the parliament is now talking about making beer legal in shops not owned by the government then the same talk has started that this will make the nation a bunch of drunks. But now there are new breweries opening every year and new craft beer pubs are getting very popular.
Yesterday I celebrated the beer day by going to visit the new owners of Ölvisholt Brewery, which is one of the first microbreweries in Iceland, but they had promised me few bottles of their beers and I went to pick it up (I feel that more breweries should start giving me beer to blog about).
Last night I went to an opening of Ægisgarður, which is the newest addition to the beer culture in Iceland. Ægisgarður is going to focus on offering groups a place to visit and gain some knowledge about beer, wine and strong alcohol and also to have some fun together. I am quiet sure that this is going to be popular for companies to take their staff and build up a stronger groups.
The place really looks good, nothing to fancy but cool looking place. I am not sure who designed the place but I thought of the look that they have in Bjórgarðurinn. This place is partly owned by the Viking Brewery which is a local macro brewery, but they also brew the Einstök beer, so last night they only offered beers from those breweries and few others that Viking Brewery is importing.
In Ægisgarður there is also a brewery that is able to brew 2000 liter batches, and when I talked to one of the owners last night he told me that they might even rent out the brewery week by week, which is a great news, because that makes it easier for people with brewery dreams to start up their contract brewery and brew their dreams.
It is going to be interesting to see how this place is going to grow and if this is going to start some contract breweries here in the Icelandic craft beer scene.
Congratulation Ægisgarður with this new place, let me know when I should come and brew my beers on your set up.
Here in Iceland there is an old heathen tradition which we celebrate, in this season then the Icelandic people come to gather and eat food that could almost kill a normal person. Then we eat for example fermented shark (it is rotten), ram’s testicles that have been sitting in a lactic acid for few months, and of course the liver pudding, blood pudding, sheep heads jam and the sheep heads are also put into lactic acid. (sounds good, right?)
Hvalur II: Who does not like the flavours of a fin whale’s testicle smoked with sheep shit?
The Icelandic breweries have also started the tradition to make a special beer for this “food festival”, one of the most famous ones is Hvalur from Steðji Brewery. This Hvalur beer has become quiet famous around the world and now they have even made it to an Beer boardgame (what is it called, send me a post Steðji). There they are along with breweries like Mikkeller, Brewdog and Evil Twin.
But back to the beer, Hvalur II is an ale which they brewed using two kinds of malt, they say they use some special berry hops (what would be your guess) and they also put fin whale testicles which they have smoked in an Icelandic traditional way, with dried sheep shit. They say also that the testicles give a nice meat after flavour.
I have not tried this beer yet but as soon as I will do so, I am going to edit this post and put my review here. I just thought the video that the Steðji Brewery posted on the making of this beer so interesting that I needed to share it with you guys.
And Steðji Brewery, I have an idea for your Hvalur III and if you need more people on your team I am looking for a job.
Please put into comments if you would be interested to try this beer.
Fenrir Nr.26 the sheep smoked IPA from Borg Brugghus is going to be one of 60 beers in the book World Wackiest Brews, which is going to be published this year.
Fenrir is an sheep shit smoked IPA which is based on their west coast IPA Úlfur,
I have tried this beer and I will not say it is one of the best beers that I have tried, but it is for sure one of the strangest beers that I have tried, no definitely the strangest one, So I am really looking forward to see what other strange beers are going to be in this book
Check out this Youtube video where the brewmasters from Borg are telling about the beer and how they brewed it.