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Old 09-19-2011, 12:54 AM   #11
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Use Oxyclean Free with TSP/90 (ace hardware has it in the paint section) and you pretty much have PBW for half the price. Oxyclean Free on its own is not a real comparison to PBW as it leaves a lot of organic gunk that PBW can eat away. If you can find the Sun brand Oxyclean Free equivalent and combine it with TSP/90 you save a lot more nd have the same cleaning power as PBW.

Also, you should be using water that is about 120 degrees. It works much more efficiently with HOT water.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:19 AM   #12
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Oxyclean Free on its own is not a real comparison to PBW as it leaves a lot of organic gunk that PBW can eat away.
What organic gunk does it leave?

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:31 AM   #13
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I buy Kroger brand. Same active ingredients and it cost less than half. Works great.

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:02 AM   #14
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What organic gunk does it leave?
Sorry, I meant to type in-organic.

This has been beat to a pulp here. I will link to the best thread on the subject IMO:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/char...ewcasts-58928/
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:19 AM   #15
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I use the Versatile Oxy as well turns out. Actually never realized the perfume deal until this post. Been using it for quite a while with no ill effects what-so-ever.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:56 PM   #16
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I thought I bought the perfume free stuff a while back and just the other day I realized it has a lemon smell when I open the container but when mixed with water I don't smell anything at all.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:12 PM   #17
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In my humble opinion, Oxyclean Free works better than PBW at what I want it to do, and that is to soften/dissolve kraeusen. I don't get mineral scale on my equipment, so I don't have to worry about that aspect.

Be careful with generic or home-made PBW clones, and always pre-mix with water instead of adding the powder to the vessel to be cleaned... I bought some from a popular online homebrew shops once just to have it eat through two Better Bottles.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #18
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I buy Kroger brand. Same active ingredients and it cost less than half. Works great.
Thats what i did, got a giant tub for pretty cheap...although it didnt say no scent, so im pretty sure i looked ridiculous opening the lid in the isle and smelling it

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Old 10-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #19
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I actually dont mind using the "perfumed" Oxyclean ad I use it if the free isn't available. The nice thing about it is you can tell if you have rinsed it all completely off due to the smell. If you can still smell it, you didn't get it all and keep rinsing. You can't tell with the "free".
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