Starsan, Saniclean & PBW substitutes

At Geterbrewed we are always striving to help folk brew successfully and consistently so they return time and time again, one of the main contributing factors to brewing a bad batch at home or having a spoilt brew is because of cleaning, you would be surprised at how much a difference you will find in the quality of your brew if you are use good cleaning and sanitation protocols, this involves using the correct brewery cleaning products, so in short take cleaning seriously and the rest will be much easier.

Soak when you can, spray when you can’t! Now does it need rinsed does it not need rinsed?

Many products available now claim to be no rinse but you need to be aware that this is the case if prepared at the correct dilution rates. Hard work in terms of elbow grease will help towards ensuring a piece of brewing equipment is clean or you can use the correct chemical and water mix and if it’s got the correct dosage rate & contact time it’ll work too just without the physical effort.

If you are a brewer you will be aware how important it is to ensure regimental cleaning regimes, to aid with that it’s equally important to use a good quality range of brewing cleaning products. One such range known throughout the brewing community is 5 star chemicals, they have the brands Starsan, Saniclean and PBW, recently these products have been temporarily unavailable in Europe due to them needing REACH certification.

Thankfully Brouwland can now offer a complete alternative to the 5 star range of cleaning products and we are very pleased to be launching these products to you in the coming days, we hope to have them available for release via our homebrew website on the 11th of November.

The New Chemipro Range Alternatives to 5 Star Chemicals can be summarised below:

PBW → Wash

Star San → San

Saniclean → CIP

 Chemi pro wash

Chemipro® Wash

Chemipro WASH

Safe to use on all types of plastics and soft metals

Removes protein soil and stains, caked carbon and fatty acids

500 g, 2 kg and 10 kg packaging

Chemipro CIP

Chemipro® Cip

Chemipro CIP

Low-foaming, acidic anionic final rinse

Can be used in CIP systems

250 ml, 500 ml, 1 l and 5 l packaging

chemipro san

Chemipro® San

Chemipro SAN

High-foaming, acidic anionic final rinse

Only requires a contact time of 60 sec.

100 ml, 250 ml, 500 ml, 1 l and 5 l packaging

Chemsan Starsan substitute


In the meantime while we eagerly await the arrival of the full range of Chemipro products we have sourced a substitute for Starsan called Chemsan and it’s available from Monday 28th of October, checkout the technical spec below:


An acid cleaner for Brewing and Surface Sanitising



No Rinse required when used at the recommended dilution

Self Foaming

Not Affected by Organic Materials



A blend of phosphoric acid, benzenesulfonic acid and isopropanol.

A self-foaming sanitising solution

An excellent sanitizer for manual application

Not recommended on soft metals because of the acid nature of this product.



Dilution: 0.2%, 10ml to 5litres of water

Higher concentrations will require a potable rinse

All surfaces should be cleaned and rinsed beforehand

Minimum contact time 2minutes

The solution should remain at a pH at 3 or below to maintain proper sanitizing level.

If using the diluted solution over time, check the PH regularly using Ph papers

Hand Utensils, Tanks, Vats, Homebrew use: Scrape or pre-clean dirty surfaces. Clean all surfaces using a suitable detergent, following label directions. Rinse with potable water.

Apply diluted solution on surfaces with a cloth, mop ,brush, sponge, spray or by immersion.

After 2 minutes contact time, drain solution thoroughly.

For all applications, allow to air dry, however surfaces must remain wet for at least two minutes.

Do not rinse after Chemsan application.



Danger: Corrosive to skin and eye, contains Phosphoric Acid. Harmful if swallowed. Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Wear protective goggles and clothing when using. Avoid contamination of food. DO NOT MIX CHEMSAN WITH CHLORINATED CLEANERS AS CHLORINE GAS WILL RESULT. Do not use or store near heat or open flame. See label for more precautionary information.



For Eyes: Hold eyes open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first five minutes. Then continue rinsing. Get immediate medical attention/advice advice.

If Swallowed: Get immediate medical attention/advice advice. Have person sip on a glass of water if able to swallow. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by the Poison Control doctor. Do not give anything to an unconscious person.

If on Skin or Clothing: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes. Get medical attention/advice advice if needed.

If Inhaled: Move person to fresh air. If person is not breathing call an ambulance, then give artificial respiration, preferably mouth-to-mouth if possible. Get immediate medical attention/advice advice.