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Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:50 pm

Do any of you guys keep PBW mixed up in a keg? I was thinking it would be handy to have for cleaning lines and bottle fillers, etc. I tore up a couple of kegwasher pumps by not rinsing Starsan off of them. Does leaving PBW solution in a keg seem like it would tear anything up?
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Re: not sure where to put this

Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:32 pm

I don't remember if long term storage of pbw in a keg is a bad thing or not. For some reason I think it is. There was a brewstrong episode with the guy from 5star in which he talked about it. One of them was bad to store in stainless for long periods, either pbw or starsan


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Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:40 pm

I used to keep 10 gallons of it for months at a time, but I stored it in orange HD buckets with the rubber gasket lids. I wouldn't recommend using kegs to store it.
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Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:38 am

I concur! Don't store the pbw in a keg. I will store and reuse PBW for many batches, but storage is a plastic tub. I have had pitting issues with metal parts forgotten in the PBW solution for a couple days, so would definitely not trust in the keg. Starsan with distilled water can be saved for extended periods of time in the keg without issue.
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Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:49 pm

That would have been nice to know before I let it sit in my new Italian keg for three weeks
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Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:31 am

I would mix up PBW as needed since long exposure can mess up things. I keep a keg of Star San solution around at all times and had absolutely no problems with it.
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Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:20 pm

On a similar note...I have always used PBW to clean beer lines. Does anyone think that this is ok, or should I use a dedicated beer line cleaner?
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Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:14 pm

If someone already said this I'm sorry, I don't mean to be an :asshat: .

You can leave PBW in contact with stainless steel for about 24hrs before it starts pitting the stainless. I also must advise not using HD orange buckets for any cleaning, sanitizing liquids or wort/beer. Those buckets are not food safe. Put in an extra $2 bucks and get a food safe bucket.
Personally I keep PBW in a 7 gallon wine bucket. You can keep it for a couple of days, but it works best for the first 24hrs.
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