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Element Brewing
01-18-2013, 12:47 PM
Hey Forumland -

Does anyone have experience with the PBST keg washer? http://www.pbstbeer.com/KegWasherDemo.html It is significantly less expensive than the other semi-automatic washer I have found. I would love to hear the good, bad and ugly about it.

Thanks!

Brewcifier
01-20-2013, 06:47 PM
Hey Forumland -

Does anyone have experience with the PBST keg washer? http://www.pbstbeer.com/KegWasherDemo.html It is significantly less expensive than the other semi-automatic washer I have found. I would love to hear the good, bad and ugly about it.

Thanks!

Ditto. We're shopping too.

OPBrewCO
03-06-2013, 05:21 PM
I'll tag along too.

crimsonwine
03-27-2013, 06:20 PM
Anything new on this??? looks like alot are interested....

tornado
04-03-2013, 04:37 AM
I'd like to hear feedback also.

BH Tavern
04-12-2013, 12:58 PM
As norm (for no reason, whatsoever) there is no price listed. How much is it?

TBAH_Brewer
04-18-2013, 07:32 PM
As norm (for no reason, whatsoever) there is no price listed. How much is it?

$11,900. I'm shopping too. Bumping for a review or two, hopefully!

PS: Why are places to secretive about pricing? They should feel good about the price they set and try to save everyone some time. If the price isn't right, they're not going to magically talk me into it with salesman magic...

StarCityBrewing
05-01-2013, 10:35 PM
$11,900. I'm shopping too. Bumping for a review or two, hopefully!

PS: Why are places to secretive about pricing? They should feel good about the price they set and try to save everyone some time. If the price isn't right, they're not going to magically talk me into it with salesman magic...

If you call or email asking for a price, they have the opportunity to actually speak with you regarding what you're looking for, features/options you need, etc... And even though some are immune to the charm and ass-kissery from persistent salesmen, some people can actually be "talked into" a major purchase, regardless of the amount of money involved, if the salesman is smart. That's their job. They'd rather have contact with the potential customer than, say, list a price along with any pertinent information and let the person decide on their own freewill.

TBAH_Brewer
05-08-2013, 01:33 PM
If you call or email asking for a price, they have the opportunity to actually speak with you regarding what you're looking for, features/options you need, etc... And even though some are immune to the charm and ass-kissery from persistent salesmen, some people can actually be "talked into" a major purchase, regardless of the amount of money involved, if the salesman is smart. That's their job. They'd rather have contact with the potential customer than, say, list a price along with any pertinent information and let the person decide on their own freewill.

Yep, I totally get it, but what a pain.

Anyone out there with a review on this? How is PBST in general?

CCA
08-15-2013, 08:17 AM
I would also be interested in reviews on the PBST keg washer, but I do have experience with dealing with PBST. We have purchased a bunch of kegs from them and several fermenters. All were satisfactory purchases and the build quality is good. Any minor issues (a bad spear or two) were resolved by Frank or Cindy.

nickfl
08-22-2013, 04:14 PM
I am in the process of setting up a PBST keg washer right now. Just fired it up for the first time today and it runs well enough, though the program is too short and needs to be adjusted. They seem to have updated them since we bought this one to have a better cycle based on customer feedback. They say on the website that you can update the older units to use the new cycle, waiting to hear from the manufacturer on details to do that. I'll try to post more feedback once I actually get it setup to my satisfaction and start using it. I will say, the build quality seems to be quite good, better than the more expensive units from other manufacturers that I have seen at other local breweries.

barleywhiner
08-30-2013, 12:26 PM
Don't know anything about the PBST system, but the Premier that we just got is SWEET and the fully automated was less than $20k, so I can't imagine that the equivalent from them isn't similar.

barleywhiner
08-30-2013, 12:28 PM
This does far more than an equally priced system from Premier...and certainly from IDD. That being said, with most things in this and other industries, you get what you pay for. There's gonna be a reason its that cheap.

ChesterBrew
08-30-2013, 12:53 PM
This does far more than an equally priced system from Premier...

You mean PBST?

nickfl
05-15-2014, 03:07 PM
I have been using one of these keg washers for about a year now, and I can say we're quite happy with it. It gets the job done and cost quite a bit less than the competition, what more can you want? Aside from the manual being badly translated I can't complain.

I rearranged the plumbing a little bit to make it a three head washer rather than a washer/filler (I had no plans on using the filler function), it took about about $40 worth of stainless pipe fittings from mcmaster carr and about 45 min.

Having seen the premier keg washers other local breweries use I can't see any reason to go with one of those over this unit from PBST. It is, if anything, better made than the premier washers and at a much better price. As far as getting what you pay for, I really think it is just a case of it being cheaper because it is being sold directly by the Chinese rather than going through a North American middle man.