OxiClean "Baby" or "Free" oxygen based cleaner
Similar to powdered brewery wash (PBW) but slightly less potent, OxiClean "Free" or "Baby" (same product, simply targeted at different markets) is an oxygen based cleaner that is 100% fragrance, chlorine, detergent and dye free. Safe for use on stainless steel and other materials used in our brewery and available in powder or spray form. We use it to clean everything in the brewery from kettles to kegs.
Whenever a quick cleaning is required we prefer to use OxiClean liquid in spray bottle as it's more convenient than the powder. If a long soak is required (such as with kegs or when doing a deep clean of the hot side equipment) the powder works fine and costs less.
When the brew day is done a few squirts of OxiClean liquid together with a wipe down with a soft sponge and hot water rinse is all we use to clean the Mash/Lauter Tun and Boil Kettle. The Hot Liquor Tank does not need cleaning as it only ever has water in it. To wash out the hoses, pumps, and chiller we run hot water infused OxiClean through them. Nothing needs to be disassembled as this is the hot side of the brewing process where everything will be boiled anyway. About once a year we like to do a thorough cleaning of this hot side brewing equipment by heating up and dissolving a scoop or two of OxiClean powder in the Boil Kettle and recirculating through all the hoses, pumps, and chiller for about an hour to get off any build-up, then rinsed with water. No scrubbing required, and again, nothing needs to be disassembled first. The long soak with OxiClean always returns everything to looking shiny and new.
To clean kegs we do something similar. Since this is on the cold side of the brewing process the cleaning is more critical, so all of the keg fittings are removed first and left to soak in a small bowl of hot tap water with a few squirts of OxiClean liquid. A scoop of OxiClean powder is added to the keg which is then filled with hot tap water. The keg is left to sit for 24 hours and then rinsed with water, re-assembled, and immediately filled with beer and chilled. No scrubbing required.
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