Craft Meister Alkaline Brewery Wash

Craft Meister Alkaline Brewery Wash

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Craft Meister Alkaline Brewery Wash gets the results of professional caustic without burning your skin or hands.  Dissolving rapidly in both hot and cold water, Alkaline Brewery Wash works quickly to break down heavy soils and removes even the most stubborn bottle labels.  Great for an overnight soak, but not suggested for use on aluminum.

The biggest difference between this and an Oxygen based cleaner, is the length of time the cleaner will work.  With oxygen based cleaners, as soon as that active oxygen degrades, you are just soaking in dirty water again.  The Alkaline however, will continue to work long after Oxygen based cleaners stop.  If you normally leave a dirty carboy or keg overnight with PBW or OxiClean, the Alkaline Brewery Wash will do that job better.

  • Alkaline wash cleans brew kettles, corny kegs, fermenters, fittings, tubing and bottles
  • Use on glass, plastic and stainless steel
  • Works in hot or cold water and rinses freely
  • No chalky build-up


Fermenters, Fittings, Bottles and Tubing: use 1 oz (2 scoops) per gallon of water.  For heavy soils and brew kettles use 2 oz (4 scoops) per gallon of water.  Spray or immerse surfaces and allow cleaner to loosen soil for 5-20 minutes.  Rinse with clean water and sanitize, if required.

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Because PBW is too expensive for not being about to reuse it.
Chris Chambless on Apr 2, 2019
To clean brewing equipment with less than hot water
Varnel W on Mar 11, 2019
Because PBW is too expensive for not being about to reuse it.
Chris Chambless on Apr 2, 2019
Easy to use when I'm not wanting to clean aggressively at the end of the brew day.
Jaclyn R on Mar 14, 2019
To clean brewing equipment with less than hot water
Varnel W on Mar 11, 2019
Used before, works great
DALE M on Mar 9, 2019
Works well at a better temperature range than PBW (reportedly)
Marc K on Feb 5, 2019
cold water and hard water usable
Gary R H on Jan 25, 2019
previously use it, and i like it
Hiram R. on Jan 15, 2019
Recommended by Spike Brewing
Timothy F on Jan 5, 2019
always can use some brewery wash
Matthew Foxworthy on Dec 15, 2018
Cold Water Cleaning
Estesje on Dec 8, 2018
I ran out. I use it every other time when washing brewing equipment.
Kevin J on Dec 6, 2018
It's a great brewery cleaner!
Michael Hoccom on Dec 5, 2018
this cleaner really works well
david on Nov 26, 2018
Recommended by Spike Brewing
Mark W on Nov 17, 2018
Works in cold water
Doug Nicholas on Oct 20, 2018
Im curious to see if it works better than PBW
Tony M on Oct 17, 2018
I have used PBW in the past and am interested in a product that remains effective for an overnight soak
Jason W M on Oct 8, 2018
need it for cleaning and have had some good results
Joseph E on Sep 26, 2018
Trying something new that works in the cold
Brian C on Sep 25, 2018
want to compare to PBW and lower price point
roul c on Sep 10, 2018
Jeffery L on Sep 10, 2018
works well at any temperature and doesn't leave as much residue as PBW after an extended soak
jim i on Aug 31, 2018
Very good carboy and keg clearner, works well in cold water, better in hot water.
Peter Clemons on Aug 20, 2018
it works. bulk pricing
Scott S on Aug 14, 2018
used this before
alberto dario b on Aug 1, 2018
Works great, especially in cooler water.
Michael Hoccom on Jul 26, 2018
Price and availability of the 5 lb size
tom r on Jul 26, 2018
Great clearner for steel and plastic.
Mark T on Jul 25, 2018
Just thought I’d try a new cleaner
Jeremy W on Jul 25, 2018
try something other than pbw
Valued C on Jul 20, 2018
bought it before and love it
Rob G on Jul 17, 2018
Figured I'd try something besides PBW
Bradley H on Jul 12, 2018
Used sample provided by Spike, works great!
John M on Jun 13, 2018
Said it works better in cold water then the PBW
Michael T on Jun 12, 2018
Recommended by friend
Alex Davit on Jun 9, 2018
To remove the labels off of bottles
Justin Maksim on Jun 6, 2018
Read that it works better than PBW in less than hot water. Thought I would try it out. Can't hit glass carboys with hot water without risk of glass stress.
Frank L on Jun 1, 2018
Thomas E S on May 28, 2018
Works great for cleaning my gear
Michael Hoccom on May 24, 2018
use this its great
Robert Dal P on May 16, 2018
Cold water washing, best for temperature-sensitive equipment like the Fermentasaurus
Liam C on May 16, 2018
Recommended by the Spikebrewing, the maker of my kettles.
Craig H. on May 1, 2018
To clean my equipment
Joseph E on Apr 30, 2018
absolutely the best hobby cleanser available
Neil F on Apr 9, 2018
It works better than the other options since it contains caustic. Just don't use it on aluminum.
Gerg on Mar 16, 2018
Recently bought a Spike Brewing kettle. They recommended using this brewery wash with their kettles. Thought I'd try a pound of it before getting a larger amount. Thanks
Jacob B on Mar 16, 2018
Good price.
Michael M on Mar 3, 2018
Cheaper that PBW
Scott O on Jan 19, 2018
Easy to use when I'm not wanting to clean aggressively at the end of the brew day.
Jaclyn R on Mar 14, 2019
Used before, works great
DALE M on Mar 9, 2019
Can this be used on plastic carboys?
Mark Eckenrode on Nov 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I’ve used it on my plastic better bottles and was fantastic. Really was a no scrub solution. I’ve since switched to a stainless fermenter and cannot attest to any issues with longevity.

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I'll stick with oxy-clean
Very expensive at the concentrations recommended. Be careful to ensure the powder is completely dissolved; I found a lump of this stuff at the bottom of my kettle after brewing - 70 minute boil! I hadn't realized that during cleanup after the previous batch, the cleaner had not completely been dissolved by recirculation.
January 30, 2019
1 year ago
works great
very good for cleaning, i run it thru a CIP and removes all soil within 15-20 minutes
January 29, 2019
3 months ago
Great alternative
Craft Meister alkaline brewery wash is a great alternative to PBW, mainly because it is effective in cold water.
September 14, 2018
1 year ago
works great!
I'd been using Oxyclean, but like the fact that this works faster, and rinses easier than either Oxyclean, or other homebrew cleaners.
August 8, 2018
8 months ago
Cleans Great
Works great. I use it to soak carboys, clean keys and kettles, and soak old bottles. Works well on everything.
July 17, 2018
9 months ago
Good stuff
I like this stuff! Works well in all conditions, cold or hot water.
February 22, 2018
1 year ago
Good Cleaner, Expensive to use
The cleaner does a good job of removing grime without a bunch of elbow grease. It seems the amount required to do the job is excessive, making it expensive to use.
February 8, 2018
1 year ago
Best wash I have ever used
January 26, 2018
1 year ago
Great keg cleaner
Product is a bit more expensive than I like but it is a great pre-wash cleaner for those hard to clean kegs.
January 26, 2018
1 year ago
Saved my wine bottles
I use this product to clean wine bottles. It has helped me to re-use wine bottles that I could not get clean before. I do soak them for about 6 hours in a bucket filled with hot water. I follow the directions for how much product to use per gallon. Then after the water cools down I use my bottle brush on them. The results are beyond words. This soaking also helps in the removal of labels. I have used PBW, it does not do as good of a job.
August 2, 2017