[quote=“Nate42”]PBW is a great tool, and I like to keep some around for tough jobs. Oxyclean is a cheaper alternative with similar ingredients, although its not quite as effective.
Most of the time though, I rarely clean my gear with anything stronger than hot water. Provided you clean things immediately it usually gets the job done, its cheap, and its guaranteed to not leave any residue.
Also, its totally reasonable to clean with ordinary dish soap. An unscented variety is preferred, use a minimal amount, and be sure to rinse thoroughly. In 15 years of brewing this has never caused me any problems.
Emulating the big boys is all well and good, but remember they’re cleaning much bigger gear, that sees a lot more use, and is less easily manually scrubbed and inspected.
Provided your gear looks clean, and is sanitized before use with a quality sanitizer like star san, you’re fine.[/quote]
I can’t get PBW or Oxyclean where I live, and pretty much follow Nate’s process of hot water immediately. Occasionally I need to use dish soap and scrub with a brush. For beerstone, a dilute solution of vinegar works.
Five years doing this, no problems. I always make sure there is no visible dirt or deposits before sanitizing and letting beer touch equipment.