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Old 10-03-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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How long do you leave PBW is a stainless vessel for cleaning purposes (conical for example)? What about starsan? Do either have a negative effect on the metal after prolonged exposure?

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Old 10-04-2011, 01:57 AM   #2
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not overnight it hasn't, for me anyway.

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Old 10-04-2011, 02:10 AM   #3
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I keep my kegs full of starsan when not in use. I don't use pbw, but I have left oxyclean in for a couple of weeks occaisionally. Just make sure you clean out the residue.

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Old 10-04-2011, 05:40 AM   #4
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I've heard an interview on the brewing network with both a rep from PBW and Star-San. Both said that stainless was pretty much impervious to their product.

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Old 10-04-2011, 07:02 AM   #5
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I left oxy clean in two of my carboys for 3 weeks and some kind of build up formed on the inside. With some research I found out I needed to use an acid. I used some vinegar water and that did nothing, then I used star san and that did nothing. Finally I had to use caustic acid and that did it. It took 6 hours or so to dissolve the build up.

I learned my lesson, max overnight when i comes to oxy. I do not know if PBW would do that if left long enough.

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Old 10-04-2011, 10:36 AM   #6
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Main differense between oxy and PBW is that PBW dont leave scaling residue

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Old 10-04-2011, 11:17 AM   #7
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Don't leave PBW in a Better Bottle for more than a few hours.

I left mine on the deck soaking and went on a trip, came back, they were all cracked & brittle.

Expensive lesson.

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while you can leave either in a stainless vessel without damaging it I usually add my PBW solution scrub and rinse, starsan stays a bit longer as i like to make sure my conical is sanitary but you get kill within i think 30 seconds, I believe the label says 3 minutes

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