We have not heard it all, but we have heard a lot. Over the years we have tried to help the Homebrewer by answering as many questions as we can. Here is a list of some of the question we hear often and the answers we provide. As always, please contact us if you don’t find your answer here.

Question

I use PBW for CIP in my hard plumbed homebrewery. One of the suggestions that I generally ignore for the sake of time is rinsing with the same temperature water as the PBW. I usually use 120F PBW and then rinse with cold tap water. How important is rinsing with the same temperature water and what are the ill effects if I don’t?

Answer

I wouldn’t worry about that. The main reason is so that you don’t break glass or plastic carboys with a temperature shock. The other reason is to ensure a proper rinse. Some chemicals can take more water at colder temperatures to completely rinse off.