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Old 05-22-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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I want to clean my beer lines but I don't have BLC. I have PBW. Can I use PBW?


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Five Star refers to them as being the same thing:
http://www.fivestarchemicals.com/bre...line-cleaning/


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I just was about to post the same link
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:19 AM   #4
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Five Star refers to them as being the same thing:
http://www.fivestarchemicals.com/bre...line-cleaning/
Wow, that's confusing. Each of the 5 different cleaners listed seems to achieve a different cleaning objective than the other 4.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:25 PM   #5
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Wow, that's confusing. Each of the 5 different cleaners listed seems to achieve a different cleaning objective than the other 4.
What part is confusing?

Beverage Line Cleaner / PBW: A Non-caustic, environmentally and user-friendly alternative Line Cleaner.
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What part is confusing?

Beverage Line Cleaner / PBW: A Non-caustic, environmentally and user-friendly alternative Line Cleaner.
I read past the first cleaner and read the other 4 cleaners listed -- all were described as having separate, distinct functions for cleaning brewing lines. This would suggest that additional cleaners might be necessary for properly cleaning lines.

Also, this thread seems to indicate that BLC and PBW are not at all the same thing. Although there might be confusion over Beverage Line Cleaner and Beer Line Cleaner.
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The 5 Star chemist assured me that BLC and PBW are in fact the same thing only packaged for jurisdictional reasons to satiate regional Health Department requirements of product labeling for application. We further discussed "other" similar products and it was said that they are all basically the same active ingredients at different ratios/dilutions depending on application.
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The 5 Star chemist assured me that BLC and PBW are in fact the same thing only packaged for jurisdictional reasons to satiate regional Health Department requirements of product labeling for application. We further discussed "other" similar products and it was said that they are all basically the same active ingredients at different ratios/dilutions depending on application.
Read this response I just posted on the other thread. I'm pretty sure Five Star Chemicals doesn't make a product called BLC. BLC is a product by National Chemicals, Inc., while Beverage Line Cleaner/PBW is a product by Five Star Chemicals. Post #3 of the thread I linked to above has links to the material safety data sheets for each product.
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I've used pbw to clean the lines without issue. What makes you think it won't work? Or is it that you think it would be bad for the line?
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I've used pbw to clean the lines without issue. What makes you think it won't work? Or is it that you think it would be bad for the line?
Who is this written to?
I didn't mean to suggest there was anything bad about using PBW for cleaning beverage lines, or even that it was an inferior product to an alternative. The only point was to share the information that I found: PBW is not the same product as Beer Line Cleaner (BLC). They seem to be quite different.


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