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Title: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: SIS Brew on June 01, 2021, 07:34:11 pm
At SIS Brew, we’re passionate about crafting quality sanitation chemicals for breweries and homebrewers.  As we grow, we’ve come to see the importance of offering cleaning equipment along with our line of effective cleaning chemicals.  So, we’ve decided to go to the source!  What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?  If we use your idea, we’ll reach out to hook you up with some free product.  And… GO! 

Learn more about SIS Brew by visiting our website: https://sisbrew.com/ (https://sisbrew.com/)
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Post by: denny on June 01, 2021, 07:39:08 pm
A nylon dish scrubber. That's pretty much the extent of my cleaning equipment .
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Post by: Megary on June 01, 2021, 08:01:51 pm
A non abrasive sponge and skinny tube brushes for valves, spouts, tubes, hoses...
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Post by: erockrph on June 01, 2021, 11:25:56 pm
PBW and a non-abrasive dish scrubby primarily. BLC or Barkeepers Friend on occasion when warranted.

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Post by: 69franx on June 01, 2021, 11:39:46 pm
Nylon dish scrubber and bar mop/terry cloth towels

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Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: Saccharomyces on June 01, 2021, 11:41:57 pm
I primarily use Savogran TSP and a Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sponge.  A little bit of TSP goes a long way.  I use Bar Keeper's friend every few batches in my kettles to keep deposits under control.
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Post by: Jaykayray on June 02, 2021, 11:59:25 pm
Bottled a wheat beer last month, used pbw for a soak and star san. Miscalculated bc of 22 ounce Bottles and had 6 12 ounce bottles, I rinsed vigorously and prayed to the beer gods.  In the end thise 6 came out just fine. Never doing that again, lol

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Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: downbrew on July 07, 2021, 07:23:46 pm
At SIS Brew, we’re passionate about crafting quality sanitation chemicals for breweries and homebrewers.  As we grow, we’ve come to see the importance of offering cleaning equipment along with our line of effective cleaning chemicals.  So, we’ve decided to go to the source!  What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?  If we use your idea, we’ll reach out to hook you up with some free product.  And… GO! 

Learn more about SIS Brew by visiting our website: https://abs-commercial.com/two-vessel-brewhouses/ (https://abs-commercial.com/two-vessel-brewhouses/)

If we are just getting into homebrewing, what do you recommend we use?  For chemicals, what are the 2 or 3 most important ones to use?  I want to start brewing but I'm still trying to learn so I can get started.  Thanks.
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: fredthecat on July 07, 2021, 07:57:34 pm
At SIS Brew, we’re passionate about crafting quality sanitation chemicals for breweries and homebrewers.  As we grow, we’ve come to see the importance of offering cleaning equipment along with our line of effective cleaning chemicals.  So, we’ve decided to go to the source!  What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?  If we use your idea, we’ll reach out to hook you up with some free product.  And… GO! 

Learn more about SIS Brew by visiting our website: https://sisbrew.com/ (https://sisbrew.com/)

If we are just getting into homebrewing, what do you recommend we use?  For chemicals, what are the 2 or 3 most important ones to use?  I want to start brewing but I'm still trying to learn so I can get started.  Thanks.

a LHBS recommended to use some chlorine based sanitizer/crud remover about a year ago, i was using PBW on occasion on carboys as well and the combination left them sparkly clean. i ran out of PBW in winter and just used the chlorine one and theres been a slow buildup of stuff i cant remove. need to order some more PBW soon.
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: denny on July 07, 2021, 08:10:42 pm
At SIS Brew, we’re passionate about crafting quality sanitation chemicals for breweries and homebrewers.  As we grow, we’ve come to see the importance of offering cleaning equipment along with our line of effective cleaning chemicals.  So, we’ve decided to go to the source!  What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?  If we use your idea, we’ll reach out to hook you up with some free product.  And… GO! 

Learn more about SIS Brew by visiting our website: https://sisbrew.com/ (https://sisbrew.com/)

If we are just getting into homebrewing, what do you recommend we use?  For chemicals, what are the 2 or 3 most important ones to use?  I want to start brewing but I'm still trying to learn so I can get started.  Thanks.

a LHBS recommended to use some chlorine based sanitizer/crud remover about a year ago, i was using PBW on occasion on carboys as well and the combination left them sparkly clean. i ran out of PBW in winter and just used the chlorine one and theres been a slow buildup of stuff i cant remove. need to order some more PBW soon.

Or Craftmeister
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: fredthecat on July 08, 2021, 01:27:45 am

a LHBS recommended to use some chlorine based sanitizer/crud remover about a year ago, i was using PBW on occasion on carboys as well and the combination left them sparkly clean. i ran out of PBW in winter and just used the chlorine one and theres been a slow buildup of stuff i cant remove. need to order some more PBW soon.

Or Craftmeister

just checked on that one. would you say craftmeister is better than PBW?
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: denny on July 08, 2021, 02:30:34 pm

a LHBS recommended to use some chlorine based sanitizer/crud remover about a year ago, i was using PBW on occasion on carboys as well and the combination left them sparkly clean. i ran out of PBW in winter and just used the chlorine one and theres been a slow buildup of stuff i cant remove. need to order some more PBW soon.

Or Craftmeister

just checked on that one. would you say craftmeister is better than PBW?

Much better, especially the alkaline.  It can be used with cold water if you want, and its more effective than PBW with hot water.  Drew made a video....https://www.experimentalbrew.com/blogs/drew/craftmeister-cleaners-picturing-carboy-test
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Post by: Steve Ruch on July 08, 2021, 02:53:24 pm

a LHBS recommended to use some chlorine based sanitizer/crud remover about a year ago, i was using PBW on occasion on carboys as well and the combination left them sparkly clean. i ran out of PBW in winter and just used the chlorine one and theres been a slow buildup of stuff i cant remove. need to order some more PBW soon.

Or Craftmeister

just checked on that one. would you say craftmeister is better than PBW?

Much better, especially the alkaline.  It can be used with cold water if you want, and its more effective than PBW with hot water.  Drew made a video....https://www.experimentalbrew.com/blogs/drew/craftmeister-cleaners-picturing-carboy-test
Unfortunately a lot of shops don't carry it.
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: fredthecat on July 08, 2021, 02:55:11 pm

a LHBS recommended to use some chlorine based sanitizer/crud remover about a year ago, i was using PBW on occasion on carboys as well and the combination left them sparkly clean. i ran out of PBW in winter and just used the chlorine one and theres been a slow buildup of stuff i cant remove. need to order some more PBW soon.

Or Craftmeister

just checked on that one. would you say craftmeister is better than PBW?

Much better, especially the alkaline.  It can be used with cold water if you want, and its more effective than PBW with hot water.  Drew made a video....https://www.experimentalbrew.com/blogs/drew/craftmeister-cleaners-picturing-carboy-test

excellent, though as someone below said. if many shops dont have it, up here will be years behind full coverage in the states. but ill take a look for it
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Post by: mabrungard on July 08, 2021, 04:30:09 pm
I use a brewery-dedicated, toilet brush for keg cleaning.  I use a plastic putty knife for helping to scrape off crusty stuff off of equipment (used to use an old credit card). I use only a soft sponge on everything else.  I never use a scrubby pad or similar items, since they leave micro scratches in metal and plastic.

As for chemicals, I do use strong caustic and acids on occasion. But usually, I'm using something like the 5Star or Craftmeister products like PBW.  For sanitation, I try and alternate between Iodophor and Starsan.  Starsan doesn't kill mold spores, so its not ideal or universal, but I feel that Iodophor can leave a hint of a phenolic note in my beer if I use it without a complete dry-out.   
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: hgeyer on July 12, 2021, 07:09:35 pm
Hello all-

Been home brewing for a long time. I just completed an upgrade to my brewhaus that I’ve wanted to do for years. 

Included some before and after photos. Like the cat box next to the sink in the before photo?

Prost!!!

Hans
Wilmette, IL




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Post by: neuse on July 12, 2021, 08:35:47 pm
Nice looking upgrade.
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: fredthecat on September 04, 2021, 07:10:48 pm
so i got some alkaline brewers wash.

1lb for 6.95 marked down from 12 luckily. it seems to work very well, odour is not strong or highly unpleasant, it mixes into cold water readily but it remains clear, so it was weird. i let my carboys sit for ~20 mins and it removed a fair amount of crud that the chlorine-based(?) cleaner i had before didn't.

if i really gave it an overnight sit im sure it could get 99% of all the stuff.

it also worked very well on my stainless brewkettle
Title: Re: What kind of gear do you use to keep your brewing equipment clean and sanitary?
Post by: denny on September 04, 2021, 07:22:32 pm
so i got some alkaline brewers wash.

1lb for 6.95 marked down from 12 luckily. it seems to work very well, odour is not strong or highly unpleasant, it mixes into cold water readily but it remains clear, so it was weird. i let my carboys sit for ~20 mins and it removed a fair amount of crud that the chlorine-based(?) cleaner i had before didn't.

if i really gave it an overnight sit im sure it could get 99% of all the stuff.

it also worked very well on my stainless brewkettle

I love the stuff.  More homebrewers need to be aware of it.