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PBW / Oxiclean
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:48:04 AM »
My question concerns cleaning of our equipment which we do a lot of. When it comes to our brew kettles we have been cleaning with PBW which does a very nice job. For every day use will the Oxiclean work? If so, which one of the many Oxiclean products are recommended. There is a 30 lb box which is unscented that I think will work but not sure. We strive to keep all of our components as clean as possible and do a good job at it but sometimes we think we are over doing it. We also use sanitizer after cleaning on everything. Expense is always looked but we certainly don't sacrifice cleanliness for cost of cleaners.

Your recommendations are appreciated.

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Re: PBW / Oxiclean
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 10:11:56 AM »
Greetings Steve - I use a mix of PBW and unscented oxyclean.  Yes, PBW is about the best money can buy, but it is expensive. The blend I use is roughly 5:1, for every 5 parts of PBW I use 1 part of oxyclean. This kind of stretches the PBW a bit and I have had no ill affects aside from some unwanted foaming.
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Re: PBW / Oxiclean
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 11:50:30 AM »
Thanks for the info.
 I will give that a try.

Steve

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Re: PBW / Oxiclean
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 09:03:20 AM »
Keep in mind you do not need to fill a carboy with 6 gallons (or whatever size) of PBW.  You can fill it half way and flip it over.  Same for kegs.  One batch of PBW can be used to clean multiple things and can last weeks.  I've reheated PBW several times to clean multiple kegs and carboys.

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Re: PBW / Oxiclean
« Reply #4 on: Today at 08:30:38 AM »
Thanks for the info. I have been disposing of the PBW after 1 use. We have been brewing less than a year now and we are still trying to get processes down for repeatability. Cleanliness is top priority. Sometime I think I'm overdoing it. I spend as much time cleaning as I do brewing.
I will say we have come a long way in a year and have made some very good beers with recipes from BeerSmith.

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Re: PBW / Oxiclean
« Reply #5 on: Today at 08:48:44 AM »
If you are spending as much or more time cleaning, you are doing well!

I use fresh PBW for cleaning out the carboys, then pour the majority of the PBW into 5-gal buckets to use for cleaning siphons, funnels, bottling wand and other items, tossing the loose trub which has settled to the bottom of the carboy.  From there the PBW bucket goes to de-labeling  and cleaning bottles.  When I am brewing steady, as I often am through the winter months, it is about a 3 to 4 week use of the PBW solution depending on my supply of bottles which need recycling.
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Re: PBW / Oxiclean
« Reply #6 on: Today at 09:23:54 AM »
+ When I am done, I pour it down my sink and shower (careful, shower will be very slippery) to breakdown some organics along the way.