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.
- 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. You can easily pay the equivalent of over $20 per lb if you were to purchase PBW in 2 oz increments. I’m not even sure why they make it. I guess as a sample. Along those lines, the 1 lb size should also be skipped.
- Buy the bigger sizes (4 lb+). If you’re an avid homebrewer and like PBW, it’s something you’re going to use. Generally speaking, the larger size you purchase, the less PBW will cost per lb. Buy the largest size your budget allows for.
- PBW can make a good filler item if you’re looking to qualify for free shipping at sellers that require a certain order threshold to qualify for free shipping.
- 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.
- Don’t disregard sellers that charge calculated shipping prices, with regards to cost… It’s the total to your door that matters.
- 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.
- Shop around. Prices change, sometimes quickly. With calculated shipping cost sellers, your cost will vary based on your location in relationship to the retailer.
PBW Sources – Save, Money Compare Prices
- Amazon: Five Star PBW, 4 lbs
- Amazon: PBW by Five Star- 8 lbs
- Amazon: PBW by Five Star- 50 lbs
- Search Amazon for “PBW” – new offerings pop up regularly
- MoreBeer, 50 lbs – does not qualify for MoreBeer’s Free Shipping program, but still worth a hard look if you’re able to spend the money. Just add to cart and estimate shipping for a complete look at cost
- MoreBeer, 8 lbs – free shipping is available, $59 threshold
- MoreBeer, 4 lbs – free shipping is available, $59 threshold
- Search MoreBeer for “PBW”
- PBW at Brew Hardware – free or flat rate shipping may be available depending on the size you choose, your location and your total order size
- Label Peelers, 50 lbs
- Label Peelers, 4 lbs
- Search Label Peelers for “PBW”
- William’s Brewing, 8 lbs – Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items.
- William’s Brewing, 4 lbs – Shipping is free or reasonably priced flat rate to addresses in the lower 48 states depending on your order size for most items.
- Search William’s Brewing for “PBW”
- Adventures in Homebrewing, 4 lbs – AIH runs regular promotions and sometimes offers free shipping to addresses in the contiguous with a certain order size
- Austin Homebrew Supply, 4 lbs – AHS runs regular promotions and sometimes offers free shipping to addresses in the contiguous with a certain order size
- PBW at Great Fermentations, 4 lbs – offers flat rate shipping to addresses in the contiguous US
- Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB via Adventures in Homebrewing
- Easy Clean Cleanser 5 LB via Austin Homebrew Supply
- Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover Free, 3 Pounds – via Amazon – What are others saying? Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations – 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.
- Note: None of these is the exact same as PBW