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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… $46.99 + free shipping

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!

9/14/21 11 AM Central: The 8 lbs size is selling for just $46.99. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

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


Five Star PBW Homebrew Cleanser Tips & Tricks, Compare Prices & Buying Guidance!

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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

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

Bulk PBW! PBW by Five Star 50 lbs

PBW by Five Star- 50 lbs

50 lbs of PBW

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

  • Model Number: W0-C1SN-IDPY
  • Item Package Dimension: 10.0″ L x 12.0″ W x 13.0″ H

 

PBW is my cleaner of choice!  Buy in bulk… what you use in bulk. If you’re a PBW user and a regular homebrewer, you’re going to end up using this. Buying in bulk is typically the best way to get the lowest cost per lb.

PBW by Five Star- 50 lbs – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Save on New PBW Tablets at William’s Brewing

From William’s Brewing

Five Star Chemical has just come out with a tablet version of their famous PBW Cleanser. Tablets dissolve easily in warm water, and come in 2.5 and 10 gram sizes, the 2.5 is perfect for growlers, spray bottles, coffee makers, and glassware, while the 10 gram size is for kegs, fermenters, and carboys

  • William’s is discounting these for a short time as part of an introductory sale.
  • No coupon code is necessary.  Supplies may be limited.
  • Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the contiguous US depending on your order size for most items.

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Update: This promo has expired or pricing, availability or description has changed – Check the supplier’s site or product page for current availability

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