Using PBW to clean brewing equipment

PBW cleaning product is widely used to clean gear and equipment in commercial breweries around the world especially in Northern America as it was originally used by the Coors brewery so spread across the land.

It’s now quite prevalent  in the home brewing  industry – especially as brewers have cottoned on to how good it really is for cleaning their own brewing equipment.

Powdered Brewery Wash is a very trusted brand among most home brewing communities. If you are looking for some guidance about how to clean your brewing equipment, they will probably recommend you use this powdered wash. Don’t believe me? Check the on-line forums – brewers love and use this stuff, all weekend, every weekend.

What are the benefits of using PBW?

  • If you’ve ever used a 5 gallon stainless steel boil pot after homebrewing sessions you’ll know how krusty the residue that collects at the bottom of the kettle can get. A quick round with PBW will sort them out easily. All you have to do when cleaning with hot water, add just a little bit of PBW, mix it up, and let it germinate in the kettle. You will find the residue goes in quick time.
  • Whites brighter kind of brewer? Your stainless steel will never have looked so shiny and clean after 24 hour soak in the stuff.
  • PBW is environmentally friendly, biodegradeable, and will not harm septic systems nor polar bears.
  • You can also clean your dish washer with it!  You know how dirty and smelly they can get? PBW sorts a disher washer out – put it on a heavy duty soak so you get the higher water temperature than a normal soak and you’ll be right.
  • In fact you can clean any stainless steel utensils and equipment with it – that’s why it’s so versatile as a cleaner for home brewers. You just need some er… steally resolve.
  • If you need to remove an odour that is coming from some organic substance PBW will remove the substance and the accompanying odour. So it’s great for cleaning up old brewing equipment that might need a bit of love before it’s used again, especially if its been sitting in the back of the garden shed for a few months.
  • It’s not as toxic as other chemical cleaners. It doesn’t burn skin as other chemical agents can (like say Sodium Hydroxide) or create a strong pungent smell like other heavy duty cleaners
  • It’s pretty handy to remove labels from beer bottles after a good soak!
  • If you think PBW is too expensive, you can always make your own PBW substitute.


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