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Chris_Dog 05-08-2007 11:02 PM

I think I have heard you guys talk about oxyclean as a cleaner. Is this the same product as I have seen in the grocery store?

It seems like a lower priced alternative to stuff that is formulated just for brewing.

Yuri_Rage 05-08-2007 11:03 PM

Yup, it's the grocery store stuff. It's a great cleaner for brew equipment. Just don't confuse it with sanitizer.

Chris_Dog 05-08-2007 11:09 PM

I guess I set myself up for that one.


Denny's Evil Concoctions 05-08-2007 11:32 PM

Yeah, it's not a sanitizer. Though at high enough doses.. I have to wonder what could live in a solution of that stuff.

The no name brand stuff is way cheaper at works just as well. Watch your clothing. High concentrations will bleach clothing.

Chris_Dog 05-10-2007 09:56 AM

How much should I use? (or just follow the directions)

Moonpile 05-10-2007 03:12 PM

We have a $7 keg tub from Walmart that we use for cleaning bottles. About 1.5 scoops seems to work nicely when we fill it up about 2/3 of the way. Any more just makes us have to rinse even more.

Good stuff for label and glue removal and it got a lot of dried on mold and dead crickets out of the bottoms of bottles I'd been saving for a few years in my basement!


Desert_Sky 05-10-2007 03:32 PM

is PBW the same thing as oxyclean?

zoebisch01 05-10-2007 04:15 PM


Originally Posted by Moonpile
Good stuff for label and glue removal

100% agree

It is absolutely indispensable if you bottle to have this stuff around to remove labels!!!


BruDaddy 05-10-2007 05:03 PM

I use it exclusively for cleaning my carboys, about 1 scoop then fill the carboy about half full. On the secondaries, I have always been able to completely clean without scrubbing (a good thing since I use plastic BBs). For my primary (usually a glass carboy) I can sometimes, but not always, get it clean without scrubbing. I just fill the jug halfway with the oxyclean solution then tip it upside down in my utility sink partially filled with water. Through magic or physics or something the oxyclean solution stays in the carboy and is able to soak away most, and sometimes all of the krausen krud that rings the top of the carboy.

Dude 05-10-2007 05:29 PM


Originally Posted by Chimone
is PBW the same thing as oxyclean?

Similar, but not really, PBW is like Oxyclean on steroids. I recall a thread on this WAY back on the greenboard, where a guy mixed his own PBW.


PBW is 1/3 washing soda, 2/3 sodium metasillicate (Red Devil TSP Substitute) and a little surfactant.
I had to look up surfactant, though... :D

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