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Old 11-25-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
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I suppose this could be in the cooking section of the forum, but I wanted to see if there would be any problems/reasons not to brine my T-Day turkey in one of my Ale-Pails? Obviously, after having a raw turkey in it I plan to clean with warm water+a mild detergent and then sanitize before use for beer. Just wanted to check if any flavors from the brine would remain after cleaning/sanitation.

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Not too sure if that would be a bad thing or not, but it would be interesting to see what a salmonella infection looks like in beer.

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Not too sure if that would be a bad thing or not, but it would be interesting to see what a salmonella infection looks like in beer.
I agree....

Keep your brewing equipment separate from your cooking stuff, especially where foul is concerned...if you have one scratch in your ale pail, you're toast no matter if you clean and sanitize....

If you need a container that large go get a HD 5 dollar bucket.
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Point taken, thanks.

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I agree....

Keep your brewing equipment separate from your cooking stuff, especially where foul is concerned...if you have one scratch in your ale pail, you're toast no matter if you clean and sanitize....

If you need a container that large go get a HD 5 dollar bucket.
+1 I brined a turkey in a HD bucket last year and it worked fine. However, I never could clean it enough to get all of the smells from the spices/turkey out. I didn't care since it was just a bucket I bought for the brine, but if it was a beer bucket, I don't think I would have used it again for brewing.
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While you probably could a 5 gallon bucket is just a couple of bucks. Not worth the risk IMO.

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Of course you could take out the turkey, half the brine and brew up a 2.5 gallon batch of wort and dump it in...and attempt to make a version of Cock Ale without the bird of course....

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I mean, if Jones can do Turkey flavored soda.....you could make turley brine flavored beer....

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Yes, its not so much the turkey - and salmonella can't live in beer. Its the spices that will work their way into the plastic. A new bucket here costs $8 canadian so .... You could use it after the turkey to do pickles however....mmmm....pickles.

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Dang Revvy, that is bordering on nasty!

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Those are actually better than some of them Jones has put out. They put out a dirt flavored soda a little while back.

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