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Old 10-30-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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Hi, all.

I'm putting in a big order at Austin Homebrew Supplies, and I need a good cleaner for a bunch of grimy champagne bottles I'm picking up next week from Craigslist. AHS does not sell oxyclean, which I hear will be best for this sort of cleaning job...is PBW the same thing or just as good? What should I use?

For the record, AHS sells:


B-Brite Cleaner
BrewVint Cleanitizer
BTF Sanitizer (similar to C-Brite)
Easy Clean Cleaner/Sanitizer
IO Star
Iodophor 33 oz. Dispensing Pump
Liquid Line Cleaner (LLC)
One Step Sanitizer
PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash)
Potassium Metabisulphite
Saniclean Sanitizer (32 oz.)
Star San Sanitizer
Ultimate Brewery Cleaner (UBC)

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Old 10-30-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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I don't know if PBW is the same as Oxyclean, but I do know that if you really want Oxyclean you can get it at Walmart. It's on the laundry detergent aisle.

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Fortunately, I don't live near a Walmart. Maybe Target...

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Supermarket, Dollar Store.....

Look for the active ingredient sodium percarbonate.

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No, PBW is different---it's a caustic rather than an oxygen based cleaner. If you put an oxyclean solution into an aluminum kettle, it will turn dark gray from oxidation; pbw won't.

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No, PBW is different---it's a caustic rather than an oxygen based cleaner. If you put an oxyclean solution into an aluminum kettle, it will turn dark gray from oxidation; pbw won't.
Is it safe for plastic fermenters and better bottles, then?

Which would you recommend for grimy champagne bottles from someone's backyard (60 of 'em!)
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No, PBW is different---it's a caustic rather than an oxygen based cleaner. If you put an oxyclean solution into an aluminum kettle, it will turn dark gray from oxidation; pbw won't.
Aside from just turning it dark gray, are there any ill effects on the aluminum? And is there any differnece in using PBW and Oxiclean with SS?
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In my experience PBW works better than Oxi but is much more expensive. I use Oxi all the time now simply because it is cheaper. If you have the cash, PBW is a superior product IMHO.

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And is PBW safe for plastics?

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for old nasty bottles i use a 50 gal plastic drum and bleach, cheap and very effective

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