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PBW - Powdered Brewery Wash


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Environmentally friendly alkali cleaner. Safe for use on metals, rubber gaskets, tubing, plastic parts, and your skin. 

Removes tough, caked-on debris and rinses clean.

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PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) is a patented alkali cleaner originally developed for Coors, now widely used in commercial breweries across North America. Use 1 to 2 ounces per gallon for cleaning kettles, 3/4 ounce per gallon for fermenters, kegs, tanks, and other equipment. Soak equipment overnight in PBW solution; rinse the following morning - no scrubbing required! Will not damage rubber gaskets, soft metals, or your skin. PBW can effectively clean items that can't be reached with a brush or sponge, and is strong enough to remove thick, difficult, caked-on organic soils.

Keep a bucket of PBW solution around for cleaning small parts when needed. Recirculate a hot solution of PBW through your pump and counter flow chiller to remove hidden debris. Perfect for cleaning kegs or bottles before sanitizing. PBW is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and will not harm septic systems. It also works great as a household cleaner too. 

Rinses clean leaving equipment ready for sanitizing with a dedicated sanitizer like Star San.

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Amazing product; so glad I bought the big jar.
I had brewed an imperial stout and used a blow off tube with my carboy as I was expecting a really active fermentation. After the main fermentation settled I replaced the tube with an airlock.
In the kitchen I added 3 gallons of hot water to the bucket and a little over 2 oz of PBW to it. I proceeded to feed the tube (with dried yeast foam in it) to the bucket.
Next morning both tubing and bucket were perfectly clean.
Amazing as I wasn't sure how to get the tubing clean.
April 9, 2018
2 months ago
Awesome cleaner wish I would have used it along time ago for my stainless steel pots , carboy's and buckets saves a lot of scrubbing especially after the boil .
March 26, 2018
1 month ago
Great cleaner
WOW is all I can say this stuff works incredibly well
March 7, 2018
2 months ago
Saves some elbow grease!
Works like it says it will... I'm even using it to clean stubborn dishes after dinner
January 30, 2018
3 months ago
For the second time to review. WOrks great on my Yeti.
January 17, 2018
4 months ago
Easy cleaning
This stuff makes cleaning so easy! Great to have a product I don't have to think about. It just works!
December 25, 2017
1 year ago
works great
It is pricey but we can fill a primary fermentor with hot water, add the PBW and by the next day it is clean. Works great for removing all of the gunk that doesn't come out during the rinse. We reuse it several times by drawing off everything but the gunk in the bottom.
December 7, 2017
9 months ago
Like this stuff
great stuff. Use it for beer making equipment as well as kitchen pans. Also tried some in washer on a cycle without clothes. Seems to have helped there also.
November 17, 2017
8 months ago
I'm very happy with my purchase, works great.Will buy again
October 7, 2017
7 months ago
Works fabulous and quickly within 30 minutes! Good on tough soil and any of the loose stuff.
September 13, 2017
8 months ago
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Is this stuff safe for Stainless steel?
Andrew M on Sep 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: PBW is safe for most brewing equipment. Check the recommended concentrations and soak times

avoid aluminum

but PBW will work on stainless steel.
what are the trade offs between PBW and One Step - other than that One Step has some sanitizing capacity when mixed with water
Ted S on Dec 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The main trade-off is the PBW can handle tough organic deposits, but requires rinsing. One step does not require rinsing, but doesn't work as well to get off tougher deposits.
Per the instructions "To CIP Fermenters..." What does CIP stand for?
A shopper on Nov 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: CIP means clean in place. It usually refers to fermenters and associated tubing that are left connected during the cleaning process, when cleaning solutions are flowed through the equipment.
What happens if I bottled my brew without rinsing the pbw off ?
A shopper on Mar 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not only might it seriously affect your brew the real question is whether or not to consume it. Pbw is not safe for consumption. It should be triple rinsed and then you should have sanitized. If you sanitized that would be a small rinse, maybe I might risk it. Basically it could make you ill becaise it a strong cleanser you consuming. Read the label decide if you want to risk sreving that to anyone. If you left pbw and did not sanitize I would recomend a dump and scrub. In other words starting over with a freash brew.
Does one kill mold?
A shopper on Dec 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you want this to kill mold. Are you talking about a beer that has a layer of what looks like a white mold on top of it? If so, this is called a pellicle and it is an infection of wild yeasts that has infected a batch of beer. Pellicles are used to create sour beers and can be quite enjoyable, but will not harm you. However, if you have an infection in your equipment, you cannot get that infection once it happens. It is best to keep that equipment just strictly for sour beers and replace the equipment. PBW is an oxygen-based cleanser, which is really good at getting off stuck on minerals and residue in brewing equipment, but nothing will kill a pellicle. Cheers!
Does mixing PBW with water leads to reduction in the volume of the water due to reaction?
A shopper on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When cleaning glass carboys I add PBW prior to filling with water. I usually fill right to the top. I do notice about 2 table spoons of water less after it has been doing its thing. Its more noticable because of the smaller opening of the glass carboy.
So the answer is yes. Water volume is reduced.
Does PBW contain sulfites?
K K on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: IMO, I would say probably not. this is basically an alternative solution to oven cleaner or lye or Sodium hydroxide, otherwise a fairly decent base (caustic). If you had a pH meter I suspect it would have a high pH because when you rub the solution in your fingers it feels slippery......not that the liquid is viscous, it is just a charecteristic of a base.
If kept in solution form in an old primary bucket, how long would the solution remain an effective cleaner ?
John A on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: PBW out of solution will last for a year and maybe even longer. In solution, Five Star says that it is best to use it within 24 hours of mixing it, since it's effectiveness is oxygen-based, and the oxygenation will come out over time. They also say that it is usable 24-48 hours later, but it will have lost about 50% of the effectiveness. Sealing it up in a pail will help moreso than not sealing, but it won't make that big of a difference.
I brew kombucha and use PBW to clean the 1 gallon bottles for reusing. I rinse any kombucha residue from the bottles and then submerse them in 5 gallon buckets. How long can I expect the solution to be effective? How many bottles?
J I on Feb 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The solution should be effective as long as it stays in solution. If it starts separating out, it will no longer be effective.
What is the shelf life of PBW in the package?
Craig C on Oct 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As far as I know there is no specified shelf life as long as you keep it dry.
Can I use it to clean my counterflow copper chiller?
A shopper on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can, and I do it all the time. PBW is the best for organic solids, like all the protein in trub. It won't clean the copper oxide off your chiller, or the beerstone in the bottom of your kettle. For those, you'll need a mild acid. StarSan will really bring that copper back to it's original color.
Can I use this to clean aluminum castings (motorcycle engine)? Couple oz per gal concentration ok? Any treatment after using pbw to help keep casting looking new for long period of time?
A shopper on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can use it to clean aluminum but don't soak it for an extended period of time. It will pit the aluminum. I had an aluminum pitcher that I use and I let it soak and it pitted the metal. I hope that helps.
Will PBW remove the staining and odors that occur in a a plastic bucket fermentor?
E M on Sep 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, PBW is very good for removing this from a plastic bucket. It may not remove all of the staining, but it will take of most of it, depending on the level of staining.
Can I use this with plastic Big Mouth Bubblers? Any precautions I need to take?
C O on Jul 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: PBW works well with the plastic Big Mouth Bubblers. Just make sure the water is not above 140 degrees
Will PBW get rid of the soapy taste from my stainless steel thermal carafe and its plastic lid? In an attempt to clean my carafe, it now leaves my coffee with a soapy taste that I haven't been able to get rid of with vinegar and/or baking soda.
Farniok J on Jan 21, 2018

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