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Old 04-14-2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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I racked to the secondary a few days ago and cleaned my primary very good with mild dish soap and hot water (twice). After drying and sitting to air out for a few days, it still smells like my beer did.?.?.?.? How do I remove the fermented beer smell? Will my next batch pick up any of the "flavor"?

I thought maybe a light bleach solution and then wash again. Slight discolor as well from the fermentation. How can I get the "brownish" tinge out of the primary?

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Old 04-14-2007, 10:22 PM   #2
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I haven't had primary buckets stain, but to get the smell out I just soak overnight in a light bleach and water solution. Works every time, just make sure you rinse REALLY well.

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I would go with the bleach option as well. You might try Clorox Clean-up it is a soap with bleach, you can also get store brand, spray it all on the inside then 'scrub' with a sponge.

Like bradsul said rinse really well.

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Old 04-15-2007, 01:15 AM   #4
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I also use bleach to clean my fermentation bucket, but it doesn't competely remove the smell of the beer. I wouldn't worry about it. I've seen no negative effects of the odor.

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Thanks Ken..... I was worried with the "odor" of beer in the primary. I guess bleach it is...... just rinse well.
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Don't use anything abrasive (even the back side of a kitchen sponge is too much). Scrub with a soft cloth or soft sponge if you must. Use OxyClean to reduce the staining. Bleach should neutralize any lingering smell.

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Brewmaster's Bible says a cup of bleach to 5 gallons of water and soak overnight.

I use 5 tablespoons of Straight A and 5 gallons of water. I've never really had any odor or staining problems with my primaries.

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I use bleach some times and a lot of the time i use iodine. I think the key is make sure the water you are using is very hot. Seems to permiate the plastic if its real hot.

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My buckets always stink and I've never had a bad batch. Try as you may and you'll never get that smell out, don't worry about it! As long as its clean!!!!!

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After I dry hopped for my APA I had strong, sweet hoppy smell in my primary. I took the hottest water I could get from the tap and added 3Tbsp One- Step for 3 hours. No more smell. Good luck! RR

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