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Title: cleaning
Post by: dannyj621 on January 13, 2010, 08:11:28 PM
what sanitizing and cleaning supplies do you always have around
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Post by: glitterbug on January 13, 2010, 08:16:30 PM
One Step and Star San
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Post by: ndcube on January 13, 2010, 08:19:45 PM
Oxyclean, Easyclean (until it's gone) and Star San.
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Post by: denny on January 13, 2010, 08:26:12 PM
Oxiclean, PBW, StarSan, iodophor....I use PBW and Starsan most.q
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Post by: BrewArk on January 13, 2010, 08:39:28 PM
PBW (and homemade PBW), bleach, and vodka.
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Post by: a10t2 on January 13, 2010, 09:06:02 PM
Oxiclean, dish soap, and Iodophor.
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Post by: Hokerer on January 13, 2010, 09:08:41 PM
OxyClean, StarSan, and Barkeeper's Friend
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Post by: hamiltont on January 13, 2010, 09:09:55 PM
Oxyclean/TSP-90 & Starsan
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Post by: blatz on January 13, 2010, 10:12:46 PM
Oxyclean/TSP-90 & Iodophor, PBW and Starsan, though the former 2 with more regularity.
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Post by: mikeypedersen on January 13, 2010, 10:39:15 PM
A tub of Oxiclean and Starsan.

I have a bucket that is always filled with StarSan, gotta love how long you can keep a batch for.  Every so often I'll dump it and then fill up a carboy to sanitize it and then rack it into the bucket.
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Post by: Podo on January 14, 2010, 05:49:38 AM
Starsan, PBW, and OxyClean.  Oxyclean is also awesome for removing bottle labels.
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Post by: dhacker on January 14, 2010, 12:04:19 PM
Oxiclean, Iodophor, and Starsan.

Oxi takes the work out off cleaning carboys.
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Post by: yugamrap on January 14, 2010, 02:21:54 PM
OxyClean, Star San and BKF.
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 14, 2010, 03:22:12 PM
I use PBW and StarSan.
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Post by: Beertracker on January 14, 2010, 03:34:21 PM
My homebrewery uses mostly BKF, BLC, Chlorox, Dawn, OxyClean & StarSan, but I've been known to use BTF Idophor, PBW & TSP on occasion as well depending upon the application.  :)
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Post by: karlh on January 14, 2010, 05:59:36 PM
Oxyclean and BTF Iodophor... and I'll second the usefullness of plain old Dawn dishwashing liquid.  I have run into brewers who are almost superstitous about exposing their stainless steel to soap, and its often my first step in cleaning. 
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Post by: dean on January 14, 2010, 06:47:26 PM
I've used liquid dishsoap in hot water to wash with sometimes but I rinse the bejeepers out of it, alternating between hot and cold rinses.  It works fine for me.  I've used oxyclean too... I can't really see where its any better than the dishsoap though.  I haven't tried PBW... maybe later on I'll get some and try it.

I forgot to say I also have and use starsan and idophor for sanitizing.
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Post by: tankdeer on January 14, 2010, 08:41:18 PM
Fire.  ;D
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Post by: dhacker on January 15, 2010, 01:01:01 PM
I've tried to ignore it, but I just have to say it . . .

Folks. . Oxiclean is spelled with an I, not a Y!  :D
(http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af255/dhacker50/oxIclean.jpg)
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Post by: Kaiser on January 15, 2010, 01:38:07 PM
For cleaning I use whatever dishwasher detergent we currently have in the house. I found that to be fairly effective.

For sanitation I use StarSan or heat. Always having a bucket of StarSan sanitizer around has made many things a lot easier. In my earlier days I used Iodophor and always had to mix a new batch when I needed to sanitize something.

And then there is the nuclear weapon of cleaning agents: hot caustic soda. It is as quick in taking the skin off your bones as it cleans away any gunk. I rarely use it because of the precautions I need to take but I have used it to clean my tap lines that wouldn’t get clean with a hot dish washer soap solution.

Kai

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Post by: blatz on January 15, 2010, 02:23:38 PM
I've tried to ignore it, but I just have to say it . . .

Folks. . Oxiclean is spelled with an I, not a Y!  :D


What are you channeling Billy Mays?
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Post by: BrewArk on January 15, 2010, 03:05:53 PM
I've tried to ignore it, but I just have to say it . . .

Folks. . Oxiclean is spelled with an I, not a Y!  :D

And there is no "H" in Clorox?
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Post by: blatz on January 15, 2010, 03:13:44 PM
For cleaning I use whatever dishwasher detergent we currently have in the house. I found that to be fairly effective.

suprising. 

I am always nervous that no matter how much I rinse, the oils from the soap will remain.
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Post by: bluesman on January 15, 2010, 06:41:28 PM
I use Starsan (sanitizing) the most. It's in spray bottles throughout my house.

I use Ivory soap for general cleaning. I also use PBW and Iodophor on occasion. PBW is great for cleaning kegs.

Being clean and sanitized is a major part of our business.  ;D
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Post by: mikeypedersen on January 15, 2010, 06:43:38 PM
+1 on the StarSan spray bottles.  I have them in 3 places, one in my fermentation chest, one by my kegerator, and one by my general brewing equipment.
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Post by: dontblake on January 15, 2010, 07:19:05 PM
Starsan - in a sealed bucket and in a spray bottle for the immediate need
PBW - general cleaning
Barkeepers friend - for those stubborn stains
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Post by: mikeypedersen on January 15, 2010, 07:33:43 PM
What type of cleaner is Bar Keepers Friend?
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Post by: Hokerer on January 15, 2010, 07:41:11 PM
What type of cleaner is Bar Keepers Friend?

It's a powdered non-chlorine cleaner for all surfaces.  I primarily use it for cleaning stainless steel (ie. my brew kettle).

You can find out all you want to know at...

http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/ (http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/)
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Post by: denny on January 15, 2010, 07:41:23 PM
It's great for cleaning SS.  One of it's best properties is that it contains oxalic acid and will repassivate the SS.
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Post by: dontblake on January 15, 2010, 07:48:40 PM
There's a liquid version of Barkeepers friend that the label says has citric acid.
But like Denny says, the powdered version has oxalic acid.

Give a listen to the Brewing Newtork's Brew strong episode on cleaning.  there's some interviews with the guy from 5 star that are pretty interesting.  And John Palmer is a metallurgist and knows his stuff when it comes to cleaning SS.
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Post by: denny on January 15, 2010, 10:19:15 PM
I didn't know there was a liquid version.  Have you used the both, Don, so you could compare them for us?
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Post by: dhacker on January 15, 2010, 10:22:08 PM
What are you channeling Billy Mays?

 :D  :D

Just helping him R.I.P.  ;D

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Post by: mtbrewer on January 15, 2010, 10:25:00 PM
Oxyclean and BKF for cleaning.  Iodophor and Star-San for sanitizers.
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Post by: dhacker on January 15, 2010, 10:26:16 PM
Apparently to no avail . . .  :'(
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Post by: denny on January 15, 2010, 10:26:33 PM
For cleaning I use whatever dishwasher detergent we currently have in the house. I found that to be fairly effective.

suprising. 

I am always nervous that no matter how much I rinse, the oils from the soap will remain.

About 10 years ago, dishwasher soap was a favorite among homebrewers.  I don't recall anyone ever having anything negative to say about it.
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Post by: blatz on January 15, 2010, 11:57:31 PM
About 10 years ago, dishwasher soap was a favorite among homebrewers.  I don't recall anyone ever having anything negative to say about it.

so why aren't you using it?  ;)
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Post by: denny on January 16, 2010, 01:07:43 AM
Because I like Oxiclean and PBW so well that I don't have any incentive to change....it's the pragmatic way!  :)
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Post by: Dbbrewing on January 16, 2010, 04:21:53 AM
OxyClean, StarSan, and Barkeeper's Friend


Same here.
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Post by: rabid_dingo on January 16, 2010, 06:40:56 PM
Ox i clean, Starsan and a scotch no-scratch sponge, (the blue one) The sponge is mostly
to clean the hop mess at the top of the boil kettle at the end of the brew day, and the occaional
malt that gets glued to the bottom of the kettle.
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Post by: brewbeard on January 18, 2010, 03:14:58 AM
I use regular old dish soap to clean everything immediately on brew day. Since it is not unscented (does anyone know where to get unscented dish soap?), I'm sure to rinse well. At some point, afterwards, I will also soak everything but the kettles in Oxiclean to make sure there is nothing left on them.

I keep a plastic tote of Star San on hand to sanitize everything, discarding it as soon as it starts turning cloudy.

I have some Barkeeper's Friend, but I haven't tried it yet on my kettles. I works well on my stovetop though.