PBW Price Comparisons and Buying Guidance!

PBW – Powder Brewery Wash is my go-to brewery cleaner. It is a non-hazardous buffered alkaline brewery cleaner and it.. works great.

Using the Spray Bottle Method for Star San means that I use so little Star San that it’s really not even worth price comparing.

Not so with PBW.  This is something that I go through relatively quickly.  Under the premise of “buy things in bulk, that you use in bulk” this post aims to compare multiple suppliers and size offerings to help you get the best deal on PBW.

First observation… Buy the bigger sizes (4 lb+).  Never buy the 2 ounce size of PBW.  It’s not even close to enough for one batch of beer.  I’m not including it in the results here, but, you can pay $20 per lb for this size.  I’m not even sure why they make it.  I guess as a sample.  Similarly, the 1 lb size doesn’t make any sense at up to $10 per lb and is not included in this post.

A note about shipping fee estimations.  If free shipping to addresses in the contiguous US is available at a certain threshold, shipping costs are considered $0.  It’s more difficult to consider calculated and flat rate shipping.  $7.95 flat rate shipping could ship a bunch of stuff, so it doesn’t seem fair to include that entire cost in this comparison.  For the purpose of this comparison, 50% of flat rate shipping fees are used when flat rate is available.  Calculated shipping is even trickier.  It doesn’t seem right to attribute the entire cost to a single PBW purchase.  Shippers have minimum shipping costs.  You may pay close to the same amount for two of something as for one.  To try and account for that, calculated shipping is based on the average of shipping two items.  Cost = shipping for two containers of PBW divided by two.  Note that if shipping fees are calculated, they should be considered an estimate.  Cheapest shipping rates are used regardless of delivery speed.  These are figured to my address, I can’t figure these for your location.  Check the retailer for actual shipping cost to you.

Results – 22 Offerings Compared!
This is a point in time snapshot.  Pricing can be volatile and is subject to change.  Check each product page for current pricing, description and availability.

Amazon Offerings – prices on these can change quickly.  Check the product page for current price and availabliity

Quick Picks:

  • If you’ve got the budget or can go in on a group buy, grab CRAFT’R’s 50 lb offering.  Considering that it ships for free to many US addresses, this is an outstanding value.
  • If you’re not ready to spend over $100 on PBW, check out one of the higher ranking 8 lb offerings.  If you’re looking for free shipping, check out CRAFT’R, 8 lbs and MoreBeer’s 8 lb PBW.  Both of those vendors offer free shipping to many US addresses with relatively low order thresholds.
  • Double check Amazon’s offerings – 4 lbs and 8 lbs – before pulling the trigger.  Pricing varies, but great deals can be had.

Some Take-Aways:

  1. Retailers that charge calculated shipping have minimum shipping/processing thresholds.  Consider placing a larger order to offset that minimum.  Other items may ship for free or not much more.  Along the same lines, take advantage of sellers free or flat rate shipping offers.  Just get ingredients for your next batch or two.
  2. Never buy the 2 oz size of PBW.  If homebrew dentists existed… this size would be a free giveaway after you went to the homebrewing dental hygienist for your regular whatever-those-people-would-do.  Along those lines, the 1 lb size should also be skipped.
  3. Buy the largest size of PBW your budget allows for.
  4. Don’t disregard sellers that charge calculated shipping prices, with regards to cost… It’s the total to your door that matters.
  5. PBW can be a good add on item for flat rate shippers or an add on item to reach thresholds for free shipping at other retailers.  Examples – If you’re putting together a William’s Brewing order, their 8 lb offering might make sense to tack on under their flat rate shipping.  If you’re wanting to qualify for free shipping at MoreBeer, their 4 and 8 lb sizes are great add ons.  If you’re wanting to qualify for free Amazon shipping look for qualifying 4 lb and 8 lb offerings on Amazon to help get you there.
  6. Shop around.  Prices change, sometimes quickly.  With calculated shipping cost sellers, your cost will vary based on your location in relationship to the retailer.
Pricing History

Pricing as of 2/2/18

Pricing and ranks as of 8/17/15:

Updated 11/6/2018


Also Consider:  Spray Bottle Method of Sanitizing

1 thought on “PBW Price Comparisons and Buying Guidance!

  1. Lewy

    Williams Brewing has the 50# PBW for 164.90 plus 18.33 shipping (for me to San Diego) Totaling 3.66 per pound.

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