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Old 04-27-2009, 02:29 AM   #1
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just a quick question, i currently have 2 5 gallon pickle buckets in my closet i was originally going to use to do my fermenting, instead i bought the kit, but it occurs to me that they could make great secondary fermentors.

only problem, they smell fairly strongly of pickles (DUH). im guesssing this will transfer itself into the beer and that would be bad, although... pickle pale ale? that does have possibilities.

any easy and cheap ways to remove the odor/possible flavor?

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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I've heard plenty of people try, but I've never heard a single success story. Bleach, Oxiclean, PBW, soap, etc... nothing seems to work.

Either cough up the dough for new buckets, or head to your local bakery or grocery store and try to score some icing buckets.

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:40 AM   #3
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anyone ever tried warmed dry baking soda? i got that as a suggestion but i dont wanna buy 10 bucks of baking soda if it ant gonna work

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Old 04-27-2009, 03:11 AM   #4
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Your fermenters will always be haunted by the spirits of dead pickles. Even if you manage to get the smell out, you will attribute any future off tastes in your beer to the possibility of pickle taint (Do pickles have taints?)

I know the temptation of free gear is strong, but personally I would give up on this one.

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(Do pickles have taints?)
wow.... just... just wow
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:01 AM   #6
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haha, oh I had to read that twice to get it. but that's really funny

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taint is not a good addition to a beer, pickle or otherwise.

Home Depot sells 5 gallon buckets with lids for around $5. If you want to go cheap that would be the way.

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Use them for sauerkraut and buy new buckets or icing buckets as suggested for beer.

I'm cheap as the next guy but draw the line at pickle beer.

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This is probably beating a dead horse on this topic, but has anyone tried strong ammonia solution?

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Again, I think the effort is way not worth it when you can get brand new similar quality buckets for about $5- $6. Why even spend the time messing with a taintified bucket?

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