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Old 03-13-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Hand me down 5 gal bucket?

My sons friend is getting me several 5 gal buckets from the fast food restaurant where he works. I want to use these for several things around the brewery. From grain storage to a star san bucket.

I am assuming the original use will be pickles.

My question is this... What can I use to kill the pickle (yeast?) and/or smell? Do you think a bleach soak will do it?

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Old 03-14-2008, 12:35 AM   #2
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It doesn't hurt to try but I could never get the pickle smell out. I can't say I worked on it at any length but soaking with bleach and One Step (not at the same time) didn't work .

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Old 03-14-2008, 12:47 AM   #3
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Maybe try soaking with a strong solution of baking soda in water? I'm just taking a guess and have never tried it....

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Old 03-14-2008, 01:38 AM   #4
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My sons friend is getting me several 5 gal buckets from the fast food restaurant where he works. I want to use these for several things around the brewery. From grain storage to a star san bucket.

I am assuming the original use will be pickles.

My question is this... What can I use to kill the pickle (yeast?) and/or smell? Do you think a bleach soak will do it?

Cheers!!!
About 4 months ago I bought 6 buckets and lids on Craigslist that had ginger in them. I have tried everything to get the smell out and have not been successful so far. I used a strong bleach solution when I first got them, I used them as sanitizing buckets with iodophor, tried baking soda, vinegar, etc. . . I even kept them outside in the sunlight because I heard UV rays could possibly kill the smell, but it didn't work. I have noticed the smell isn't as strong but definitely still there enough that I wouldn't use them for fermentation. So I'm just using them for sanitizing and now that I'm getting into AG I'm planning to use them with plastic liners for grain storage. Let me know if you find anything that works, I'd like to use a couple of these as fementers if possible.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:37 PM   #5
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Have you recieved them yet? I know the fast food restaurant I work at as a youngen, Rhymes with LickDonalds, never got pickles in 5 gallons buckets. Never got anything in that big of buckets. Curious as to what was in these and where they came from.

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Have you recieved them yet? I know the fast food restaurant I work at as a youngen, Rhymes with LickDonalds, never got pickles in 5 gallons buckets. Never got anything in that big of buckets. Curious as to what was in these and where they came from.
Our restaurants get pickles, eggs, icings, fruit filling, and streusel topping in 5 gallon food safe buckets. They are very common in the restaurant business.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:58 PM   #7
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Go to Donut shops or Super Markets that have a Deli in them. They get their icing/frosting in 5 gallon buckets and usually are happy to get rid of them. I have 4 that I got this way and they work fine. No problems with smells.

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Old 03-15-2008, 06:06 PM   #8
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Sounds like a job for the MythBusters! How to get the smell out of your 5 gallon bucket episode.

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LOL.. I haven't got them yet.

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I just bought 2 20gallon buckets that contained olives. Green olives. Man did they stink. I added ~5oz of oxyclean (well actually generic brand) and filled them to the brim with hot water. 3 hours later I rinsed and now they don't smell like anything . Percarbonate cleaners rock!

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