Category Archives: Cleaning

12 x Faucet Hygiene Plugs – $15.91, $1.33 Each

faucet hygiene plug

12 pack Beer faucet plug/brush

  • SS core to prevent rusting
  • Wider Brush to fit securely
  • Cleans the faucet spout each time brush is inserted and removed
  • Keeps faucet spout covered when not in use
  • Stepped design to fit most Beer Faucets

6/19/18 1 PM Central: These are marked down 20% from list to $15.91. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

Chill Passion Faucet Hygiene Plug (12 Pack), Small, Blue

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8 lbs of PBW – $38.99, $4.87/lb

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Beer & Wine Hobby has consistently great pricing on their 8 lb size PBW – in refill bag form.  It typically sells for around $38.99 for the refill option.  Go to the PBW product page and select 8 lb bag to see current pricing.  Beer & Wine Hobby also typically offers free shipping to most US addresses with a certain order size.  That threshold varies.  No coupon or promo code is required, Price can change quickly check Beer and Wine Hobby for current price and availability.

Stacks With: To sweeten the deal, shipping is free to most US addresses with many orders over $39.99.  Add on a pack of dry yeast and you’ll qualify.  Check Beer & Wine Hobby for current availability.

PBW – POWDERY BREWERY WASH – multiple sizes available

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Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

recirculating draft line cleaner

The directions on most line cleaners call for recirculating the cleaner for some period of time.  Most affordable cleaning setups that are out there include a hand pump.  Operating one of those for 15 to 30 minutes, for each faucet, doesn’t sound fun.

To really clean your draft lines, you need to keep solution flowing for a length of time, not just fill and wait.  Initially I tried to clean my system by pushing line cleaner out of a keg.  This was a waste of CO2.  I also found it tough to keep solution running slowly enough to get the required amount of contact time.  It’s easy to quickly push a cleaning or sanitizing solution through your system under CO2 pressure, but I found it to be a pain to try to do so slowly.  This also requires quite a bit of cleaning solution versus a recirculating pump.

I decided to put together a recirculating draft line cleaning pump setup.

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TM DESANAMAX – Closed System Color Indicating Caustic Cleaner

TM Desanamax, color indicating cleaner.

About from William’s Brewing: “Cleaning a closed system, whether it be a draft line, plate chiller, or pump, is always a little uncertain. How do you know for sure you have effectively cleaned the interior of something you cannot access?

Here is where TM DESENAMAX comes in. This patented color indicating caustic cleaner for closed brewing systems is initially purple when mixed, which changes to green or yellow after it removes organic deposits from a closed system. To be sure your closed system is clean after this initial cleaning, flush out the spent green or yellow cleaner and refill with fresh purple cleaner – when it comes out purple the second time, you can be sure your system is clean. Each 1.5 oz pack makes 1.5 gallons of working solution. Be sure to rinse with water before using your closed system.”

As of this posting, this is selling for $2.99 per dose.  Buy 8 or more and the price drops 40 cents to $2.59 each.  Check William’s Brewing for current price and availability.

TM Desanamax at William’s Brewing

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396 Gallon Per Hour Submersible Pump – $16.99 + Draft Line Cleaning Build

Submersible pump. 396 Gallons per hour, 25 W motor, 1.5M=4.9 ft power cord.

Possible homebrew uses: Recirculating draft line cleaner build or as part of a recirculating wort chiller setup.

I use a similar (completely different model and manufacturer) in myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.

6/12/18 10:30 AM Central: This has dropped to just $16.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability. Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

SongJoy 396 GPH Submersible water Pump 25W for Indoor Outdoor Fountain Pond Aquarium Fish Tank Hydroponics With 5.9ft Power Cord

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Pair of Nitrile Acid and Alkali Resistant Gloves – $5.99

ThxToms Household Nitrile Gloves, Effectively Resist Oil, Acid, Alkali and Solvent

ThxToms Household Nitrile Gloves, Effectively Resist Oil, Acid, Alkali and Solvent


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • High-end nitrile possess excellent chemical resistance and tear resistance
  • 15 mils perfect thickness make work flexibly and accurately
  • Slip resistant texturing cover palm and finger bring a maximum grip
  • Possess powder free and odor resistant flock lining
  • Used for household cleaning, garden work, chemical processing, machine repair and more

Note from HBF: These do not say anything about being appropriate for use with high temps.  If you’re looking for something like that, check out Blichmann Brewing Gloves [via AIH]

5/26/18 10 PM Central: These are selling for just $5.99. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

ThxToms Household Nitrile Gloves, Effectively Resist Oil, Acid, Alkali and Solvent – multiple sizes available


Great Deal On Stainless Ball Lock Carbonation Caps [PET Bottles or Draft Line Cleaning] – $8.74 + Free Shipping

Stainless Steel Homebrew Carbonation Cap Black Ball Lock For Soft PET Bottles

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation caps.  These are intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to pressurized growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your beer.  Put one of these on (purge the head space by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just shake it up until it’s carbonated.

Other possible uses… One of these along with some tubingcln_img_9654 are all you need to convert Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] to a recirculating draft line cleaning pump for ball lock setups.  See: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!  – OR – Build your own line cleaning setup from scratch… Build a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump

As if this posting, this is eBay offering is selling for just $8.74.  Shipping is also free to select US addresses.  Canada and International shipping options are available.  Check the listing for up to the minute price, description and availability.

Stainless Steel Homebrew Carbonation Cap Black Ball Lock For Soft PET Bottles

Also: Kegerator Tips & Gear | Keg Repair Part #s | Recent Keg Finds | Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

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Stainless Carbonation Cap AND Four Extra O-Rings – $10.89 + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

ProMaker Stainless Steel Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16" Barb Ball Lock Type CO2 Coupling Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water(with Extra 4 O-ring)

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation cap with barb.  Includes four replacement o-rings.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • High Quality:Made of stainless steel material,more solid and last longer,heavy duty and perfect polishing make it used for longer and easier than ever to carbonate your beverages!
  • Cost-effective Carbonation Tool:Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles,gas (grey) ball lock connectors, or liquid (black) ball lock connectors,more portable, convenient and cheaper than CO2 systems
  • Used Easily :Attaches to plastic bottles and connects to a gas side ball-lock disconnect in order to inject CO2 into the bottle, creating carbonation,your beer is available to drink almost immediately.
  • Used Easily :Attaches to plastic bottles and connects to a gas side ball-lock disconnect in order to inject CO2 into the bottle, creating carbonation,your beer is available to drink almost immediately.

PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.

Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.

Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  Examples, using similar SS Caps- Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

6/7/18 1 PM Central: This combo is selling for $10.89. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price, description and availability.  Also: Recent Amazon Finds and Amazon Fillers Resource Page

ProMaker Stainless Steel Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling with 5/16″ Barb Ball Lock Type CO2 Coupling Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water(with Extra 4 O-ring)

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Zinsser 30″ Wallpaper Prep Tray [cleaning, sanitizing and storage]

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Tip resistant
  • Sturdy with crush resistant corners

What are Others Saying?  Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “homebrew”

I use a wallpaper tray to clean and sanitize longer items like racking canes, auto-siphons, spoons, tubing and beverage out dip tubes.  It works great.  These also work well for storing longer items.  If you’re going to store things in these, I would recommend stacking a couple together to give them some extra strength.

Zinsser 98030 30-Inch Wallpaper Prep Tray


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Oxiclean Versatile Free, 12 LBs (4 x 3 lbs)

Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover Free, 65 Loads, 3 Pounds (Pack of 4)

Pack of (4) 3 lb containers of Oxiclean Versatile.  “Oxiclean Versatile FREE” is a percarbonate based cleanser that is free of perfume, dyes and chlorine.  You get 12 lbs in all.

Some homebrewers (including myself) use this as a budget replacement for PBW.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for current description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover Free, 65 Loads, 3 Pounds (Pack of 4)

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Five Star PBW Cleaner at Amazon