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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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This product cleaned 2 sankegs that had beer sitting in them for 4 years. It also cleaned my carboys. In both cases I didn't have to scrub or brush a thing. I did let them set overnight. Could make the carboy brush obsolete. Highly recommend.
October 10, 2013
Worked great in my glass carboys!!! But when I used it for my less than 6 month old 8 gallon mega pot! their is a rust ring in it! Followed instructions. I would give it five stars for the glass carboys but then again idk!! Because considering what happened when it came to the brew kettle! Now I am out of a kettle!! Very upset customer!!
July 22, 2017
3 months ago
Response from Northern Brewer
Your kettle should be 100% fine. PBW does not cause rust but if you see rusting on stainless steel - which really should be called stain resistant - you just need to repassivate the steel. At any store that sells cleaners you can find BKF - bar keepers friend. This is active oxalic acid - which is safe to use and when scrubbed into the steel, will remove and prevent any future rust. It is usually around $2 and I recommend doing it every 6 months or so to keep the kettle shiny.
July 28, 2017
James JStaff
Five stars indeed
The best thing to clean your beer equipment as well as pretty much anything around the house.
August 8, 2013
The PBW works great, and you can buy it in bulk here. I have to have my Northern Brewer equipment shipped half-way across the country, and it's easy to add the PBW cleaner to an order--it's reasonably priced and adds little to the shipping costs. If you don't use it already, add the larger size to an order to try it out...a little goes a long way.
October 16, 2013
Works fabulous and quickly within 30 minutes! Good on tough soil and any of the loose stuff.
September 13, 2017
2 months ago
Cleaned as expected!
It did it's job!
December 29, 2015
Results exceeded expectations
The product worked extremely well. It even cleaned a pressure cooker with built up grease. No complaints.
May 16, 2010
Used to clean My Honey extractor
This is a good product for what it does. It is a dilute base, much like lye, or overn cleaner. I wanted to clean my extractor of microscopic honey residue and any other bad ju-ju that would unlikely bee building up . So now I have 25gallons of this stuff as my extractor sits soaking in it. Wish I would have though ahead to be able to put this in some buckets for when I use my smoker, I could leave the grates in this thing over night and I am sure they would be squeky clean by morning....It is good stuff!
April 22, 2017
Simply the best cleaner
This cleaner works great on brewery and kitchen equipment. If you don't have it buy some and try it out.
December 11, 2013
Just buy it. period.
Ditto. Just Buy it. You will NOT be disapointed. Period.
January 19, 2016
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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.
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 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.
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

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