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Offline ArthurAleman

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PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« on: November 04, 2022, 09:55:53 pm »
I've watched a lot of YouTube videos where people clean buckets, kegs, and other items with Oxiclean. Is there a distinction? I can purchase Oxiclean at my neighborhood market, but I must travel a fair distance to purchase PBW. There must be a pricing difference as well, though I haven't checked. Every opinion is appreciated.

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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2022, 08:12:21 am »
Oxiclean is good.  PBW is a  it better due to the surfactant used. Craftmeister kicks both their butts.
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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2022, 08:40:39 am »
Oxiclean is good.  PBW is a  it better due to the surfactant used. Craftmeister kicks both their butts.

Gotta agree with Denny.  I bought the Craftmeister and it truly does great.  Not only does it clean my buckets, kegs and parts, but a soak of used bottles and the lables fall right off.  Well, the Racer 5 ones do.  LOL.  Also, I let it sit in the bucket I use for my homemade keg washer and just drop my used bottles in it. Go back a day or two later and off the labels come.  Give the bottles a quick rinse and in the box they go for a later use.  The water is cold, but the stuff keeps working.  I recommend it. 

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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2022, 10:16:29 am »
Oxiclean is good.  PBW is a  it better due to the surfactant used. Craftmeister kicks both their butts.

Would you recommend the Craftmeister tablets or not?  Just wondering if you pay slightly more for convenience.

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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2022, 10:43:53 am »
Oxiclean is good.  PBW is a  it better due to the surfactant used. Craftmeister kicks both their butts.

Would you recommend the Craftmeister tablets or not?  Just wondering if you pay slightly more for convenience.

I didn't think they were still making them. They clean well, but whatever they use to bind them kinda left a residue. I prefer the powders.
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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2022, 11:28:08 am »
I recently started using a mix of 80% Oxyclean Free and 20% Seventh Generation dishwasher powder. I picked up the suggestion on this forum from a previous post. I apologize that I don’t remember who it was so I could give them credit. Regardless, i feel works just as good as PBW. It’s especially noticeable on my IC which has never been so clean and shiny.
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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2022, 12:52:41 pm »
I found this article about making a PBW substitute: https://www.howtohomebrewbeers.com/2017/09/recipe-for-making-substitute-pbw-beer.html
Has anyone tried this, or something similar?

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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2022, 07:00:50 am »
A couple years back, I did a cost analysis using a mixture of Next Generation, Oxy Clean and TSP 90 and found PBW was cheaper per ounce than a combination of the above when using advertised costs from Amazon.  Costs may be different now.  But I figure: why mess with a good thing?  Nothing beats PBW, imho.
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PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2022, 07:11:40 am »
I use B Brite because that’s what the local lady sells and it works.



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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2022, 07:57:35 am »
Quote from: denny link=topic=38748.mRsg481455#msg481455 date=1667657541
Oxiclean is good.  PBW is a  it better due to the surfactant used. Craftmeister kicks both their butts.
I used some when I was living in a place with no running water, it works well in cold water.
Unfortunately a lot of shops don't carry it.
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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2022, 10:29:51 am »
A couple years back, I did a cost analysis using a mixture of Next Generation, Oxy Clean and TSP 90 and found PBW was cheaper per ounce than a combination of the above when using advertised costs from Amazon.  Costs may be different now.  But I figure: why mess with a good thing?  Nothing beats PBW, imho.

I did an analysis as well before purchasing. I came up with $0.21/ounce for Oxyclean & Seventh Generation mix vs. $0.75/ounce for a 1 pound PBW or $0.44/ounce for the 4 pound container.
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Re: PBW as opposed to Oxiclean?
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2022, 07:35:33 am »
Oxiclean is good.  PBW is a  it better due to the surfactant used. Craftmeister kicks both their butts.

Would you recommend the Craftmeister tablets or not?  Just wondering if you pay slightly more for convenience.

I didn't think they were still making them. They clean well, but whatever they use to bind them kinda left a residue. I prefer the powders.

They still have them on their website. Has anyone tried the liquid PBW? I've never really measured the powdered stuff, always have the vague suspicion I'm using too much when I clean things. The built in measuring thing seems like it would make things easier.