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PBW Tips & Tricks + Limited Time Deal on PBW

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Limited Time Deal on PBW (and more)

Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items.


I love PBW!

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

This post used to contain prices, but in the interest of keeping information as up to date as possible, it now contains links to some top sources of PBW along with some thoughts about shipping and suppliers.  Historical pricing has been preserved and can be found toward the end of this post.

PBW Guidelines and Suggestions

Why shop around?  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.  Since we use this in bulk, why not save money and buy it in bulk.  Buy things in bulk that you use in bulk.

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PBW Tablets, 50 count – $16.49 Shipped

  • Beer & Wine Hobby has 50 ct PBW tablets for $16.49.
  • They are also offering free shipping on most orders of $13.99 or more to addresses in the contiguous US.
  • These qualifying. That means they’re $16.49 + free shipping for most of our readers

PBW ALKALINE CLEANER TABLETS

Also: PBW Tips, Tricks & Buying Guidance

Price, promotions and availability can change quickly. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Five Star PBW Homebrew Cleanser Tips & Tricks, Compare Prices & Buying Guidance – New Section on Materials Compatibility

Part of Our Homebrew Tips and Tricks Series.  Check out the complete list – Homebrewing Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts! This is a Top Post! See: All Top Posts


I love PBW!

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

This post used to contain prices, but in the interest of keeping information as up to date as possible, it now contains links to some top sources of PBW along with some thoughts about shipping and suppliers.  Historical pricing has been preserved and can be found toward the end of this post.

PBW Guidelines and Suggestions

Why shop around?  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.  Since we use this in bulk, why not save money and buy it in bulk.  Buy things in bulk that you use in bulk.

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8 lb PBW – $42.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability + MoreBeer’s Black Friday Sale is Live!

Five Star PBW Cleaner - 8 lbs. CL25D

Five Star PBW Cleaner – 8 lbs via MoreBeer

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

PBW (Powder Brewery Wash) is a safe alkaline cleaner for everything around your brewhouse.
It’s a favorite of small home breweries because it out-performs caustic chemicals without scrubbing. Just put your kettle, bottles, carboy, etc. in for a good long soak.

Even a better deal in bulk quantity. Comes in a bottle with a screw-top lid.

Please be careful when you use PBW in enclosed equipment. When you mix hot water and PBW in an air or water-tight space, it will create pressure.


 

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $42.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Five Star PBW Cleaner – 8 lbs. CL25D

Announcing: Liquid PBW Cleaner – now available at William’s Brewing

Five Star Chemicals has just come out with a liquid version of their famous PBW Cleanser, liquid being easier to dissolve and use at lower temperatures.

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

P.B.W. is a buffered alkaline detergent that has been proven to be more than an effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners. Because of its unique formulation of buffers and mild alkalis, it is safe on skin as well as soft metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, and on plastics. P.B.W. uses active oxygen to penetrate carbon or protein soils and is not effected by hard water. The oxygen also helps in reducing B.O.D. and C.O.D. in wastewater, which is an added environmental benefit.

P.B.W. has been formulated as a C.I.P. cleaner and is very effective in removing protein soils found on brew kettles, fermenters, conditioning tanks, filters and all packaging areas. The concentrations to remove these soils are typically in the 1% range. However, due to soil and water conditions this concentration will vary. To help in hard water areas P.B.W. has been formulated with enough chelators to tolerate hard water over 17 grains.P.B.W. is an excellent choice as a soak cleaner because it does not require excessive heat as do most caustic based cleaners. This product has cleaned brass and copper filters, and industrial aluminum surfaces successfully.

You’ll find many uses for PBW outside of the brewing world. Use it to soak grease from cookie sheets and grills or anything else you can think of!

Works with a range of temperatures
Effective in hard and soft water
Tableted format for easy dosing
Removes soils from difficult areas
Great for CIP, manual, soak, and spray

Dosage: 1 tablet/ 32 oz.
Applications: growlers, spray bottles, glassware


 

 

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Tip: Using Undiluted PBW to Help with Bottle Label Removal

beer bottle label removal

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  • Soaking your bottles in hot PBW is not a new technique.  It works well and I would venture a guess that a lot of homebrewers do this.
  • Here’s the tip… If you have a label or bits of adhesive that are being stubborn,   Put a little bit of PBW right on a label or adhesive that’s giving you problems and scrub.  The grittiness of the PBW combined with it’s full strength application generally dissolves the label and adhesive in short order.
  • PBW can be rough on your hands when diluted.  That’s even more true when it’s undiluted.  I recommend using protective gloves when dealing with PBW.
  • Search Amazon for “elbow length cleaning gloves”
  • Search Amazon for “PBW Cleaner”
  • Search Amazon for “scrub pads”
  • Search MoreBeer for “PBW”
  • Related Categories: BottlingCleaning

My PBW Quick Pick!

Quick Pick!

Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions. rpu:tips#24

8 lbs Five Star PBW Homebrew Cleanser

Five Star PBW - 8 lbs - Non-Caustic Alkaline Cleaner

8 lbs Five Star PBW Powdered Brewery Wash


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

  • PBW is an alkaline, non-caustic, environmentally and user friendly cleaner
  • Cleaner is very effective in removing thick, difficult, and caked-on organic soils.
  • Effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners and household cleaners
  • Can clean items that cannot be reached with a brush or sponge by simply soaking and rinsing
  • Safe on skin as well as stainless steel, rubber, soft metals, and on plastics

PBW is my go to homebrewing cleanser!

PBW by Five Star- 8 lbs


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4 lbs of PBW by Five Star Chemicals

Five Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash), 4-Pound Jar

4 lbs of PBW.  PBW is my cleaner of choice!


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

  • Safe on skin as well as soft metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, and on plastics
  • Effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners
  • Cleaner is very effective in removing protein soils

“P.B.W. Is a buffered alkaline detergent that has been proven to be more than an effective substitute for caustic soda cleaners. Because of its unique formulation of buffers and mild alkalis, it is safe on skin as well as soft metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, and on plastics. p.B.W. Uses active oxygen to penetrate carbon or protein soils and is not effected by hard water.”


Five Star PBW Cleaner (Powdered Brewery Wash), 4-Pound Jar


Also: PBW Price Comparisons and Buying Guidance | PBW Product Tech Sheet


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Five Star PBW Tablets, 10g, 40 Count

Five Star PBW Tablets - 10g 40ct - Growler, Carboy, Keg Cleaner

Five Star PBW Tablets – 10g 40ct – Growler, Carboy, Keg Cleaner


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

  • EASY TO DOSE – Tablet format allows for simple use and less mess. Each 10 g tablet is suitable for cleaning 1 gallon of brewing, fermenting or serving capacity
  • REMOVES STUBBORN STAINS – Non-caustic, alkaline cleaner tackles organic materials and stains
  • LOTS OF USES – Great for cleaning carboys, kettles, growlers, kegs, spray bottles, and more
  • WIDE TEMPERATURE RANGE – Powerful cleaning abilities across a wide range of water temperatures
  • EFFECTIVE IN HARD AND SOFT WATER – Able to break down organic soils regardless of water hardness

Five Star PBW Tablets – 10g 40ct – Growler, Carboy, Keg Cleaner – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

Also: PBW Price Comparisons and Buying Guidance | PBW Product Tech Sheet