How To Clean Home Brew Equipment

I used to get extremely frustrated when my beers were coming out with poor head retention or maybe a gusher here and there… I thought it had something to do with the recipe, or maybe how I primed the beer that perhaps I over-carbonated some, or whatever…

Well after a whole lot of troubleshooting I boiled it down to cleaning… not even sanitizing, I mean CLEANING!!

Seriously, who would’ve thunk that cleaning would be more important than sanitizing? I was kind of surprised myself…

See, I started like most brewers… just following some vague instructions from the home brew supply store that sold me the kit. They emphasize sanitizing because, well, the equipment is brand new and doesn’t really need much cleaning…

But…

Apparently I missed the memo that says you should really focus on cleaning after your first use of the equipment…

And yes, I know it’s common sense that you should clean it, but what is not as common is knowing how you should clean it…

I mean really, who studies how to clean?…

Ahem…. I did… and it sucked! not exactly my favorite topic, especially since I learned lots of useless facts…

So lucky for you, I’m just sharing what you need to know about cleaning home brew equipment… Simply stated, you gotta clean both organic and in-organic dirt/junk/nasties…

Organic basically refers to proteins, oils, carbs and other stuff that comes from the ingredients (barley, hops, yeast)… which are best cleaned using alkaline or caustic based cleaners…

In-organic refers to minerals, and stuff coming from water… which is best cleaned using acid based cleaners…

The problem with most household cleaners is that they don’t clean in-organic stuff that well. So if you use bleach, or oxiclean to clean up, you’ll have a hard time rinsing off your equipment.

The best cleaner you can use is

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8 Comments

  • CARL

    Reply Reply September 17, 2010

    I am new to homebrewing and have limited knowledge.
    I joined A brewclub, but they all seem wrapped up in thier own little clicks to give a new guy assistance, so everything I have learned is from your website and your videos,
    thank you for your time and cheers

  • Jorge

    Reply Reply September 17, 2010

    Carl – Thanks… I know that for every comment like this there are 20 other readers who feel the same… Cheers…

  • dave

    Reply Reply December 5, 2010

    jorge..thanks for sharing your knowlage with us..look forward to next tidbit..
    for the winemakers.yes i know this is about beer making,but a lot of the info you share can be of value to wine makers..
    again thanks.

  • Jorge

    Reply Reply December 5, 2010

    @Dave No problem… glad I can contribute to the craft…

  • Dave Schratz

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    I shared with facebook and in share but the rest of the article never appeared. What is the best cleaner?

    • jorgitoz

      Reply Reply November 10, 2013

      I recommend PBW… I’ve also used oxiclean with tsp 90 (4:1 ratio)…

      Cheers!

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