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Old 08-25-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Cleanser utilization (PBW)

PBW isn't' cheap but seams to be the choice of the masses from what I've read. In soaking a fermenter I am using so much solvent to fill the 6 gallon container. I was thinking I would maybe make a gallon then drop another fermenter on top filling it with water to get the solution to be in contact with all the inner surface without wasting all the solution that's just sitting in the middle. Unless all that is needed. Any thoughts on this or other ideas to get the most per PBW container?


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Old 08-25-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Switch to OxiClean Free and save an asspile of money


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Old 08-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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I have also switched to the Oxyclean Free and TSP cleaner. Purchase a tub of the 3lb Oxyclean Free and a 1lb bag of TSP from Amazon and you will spend $14 for 4lb of cleaner. Thats much cheaper than PBW!
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I keep hearing that PBW is expensive, but I donít think the price is out of line for what it is. It has a chelator and they are expensive. I buy 48 oz of PBW for 14.95, thatís $.31/oz.

In contrast, generic fake Oxi at Walmart is $5.47 for 30 oz, or $.18/oz.

I mix in two parts of Oxiclean once the PBW is dissolved. That saves a little bit of money at $.22/oz. Mostly I do it because it works better than either cleaner by itself.

To the OP, you don't need six gallons of cleanser to clean a carboy.
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OxiFree is 0.15/oz at my Walmart when buying the 3lb tub. PBW is 0.65/oz at my LHBS when buying 1 pounders. Not quite apples to apples but you see what I'm getting at. I still use PBW for kegs/lines but only oxy for general cleaning and fermentors.

I live decently close to where PBW and STAR SAN are made, wonder if they sell cheap when you stop by......
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Unless they have some kind of factory store, which I doubt, I would guess they will not sell to you.
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Unless they have some kind of factory store, which I doubt, I would guess they will not sell to you.
What i figured as well, hence why I've not go e knocking on the door. Maybe I'll call them
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For you oxy free users, does it leave behind much residue?
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For you oxy free users, does it leave behind much residue?
Oxiclean rinses clean.

The Walmart stuff left a gritty film that I needed to wipe off with a sponge.
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I dump 3TBSP of PBW in my fermenters & fill with water to just above the krausen ring...those dirty rings! You've tried everything & still get "Ring around the collar! Ring around the collar"! Just get the PBW & learn what amount really works. Hence my suggestion. Stir well to dissolve,& it works in a couple hours to dissolve it all & settle out. Come to think of it,I may've left this lil diddy out of my two gadget videos. I went to the dollar tree store & got a spray bottle for Starsan,Measuring cup set,measuring spoon set & set of funnels for 4 bucks + tax. They get used only for brewing stuff & are kept in my fermenter/storage stand.


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