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Old 10-02-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default How long do you use a plastic bucket for?

I recently bought some secondhand fermentation buckets that were made in 1996! I didn't realize this until the transaction was finished, but is this an issue? They are a bit dusty, but they don't seem to have any scratches or cracks? A bit of yellowing though.
How long is it safe to keep using a bucket?



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Old 10-02-2012, 02:41 AM   #2
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No way I'd use them for fermenting. It's not worth the chance of something infecting or contaminating the contents..



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Old 10-02-2012, 02:42 AM   #3
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hard to tell. i've had a couple of my current 1's for years, but have taken really good care of them. 1996? i'd bleach them really good, then again, then rinse a few times, then sanitize with star san or iodophor, then use

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there are people here that have been using the same buckets for decades. all of my buckets/better bottles are scratched but i practice good sanitation and have never had an infection yet, besides the intentional sours i make. all of my beer, sour or not, is made with the same gear but i practice good sanitation.

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+1 to lumpher's post. Visually inspect, take a flashlight and look for scratches. If well taken care of, should be fine. If you don't feel comfortable using them, trust your gut.

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thanks for the response guys. lgilmore and eastoak: I'm looking at the buckets now and I see some worn marks, where a brush was used to aggressively, but no deep scratches. Is that good enough?

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make sure before you use that you've treated the bucket heavily. I would do a bleach full soak at least a couple days. Rinse, dry and treat with another sanditizer one more time.

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thanks for the response guys. lgilmore and eastoak: I'm looking at the buckets now and I see some worn marks, where a brush was used to aggressively, but no deep scratches. Is that good enough?
if the scratches look like they were made with a knife, deep enough to catch your nail and hold it, i might worry. other than that your sanitizer will be able to handle the bugs easily. like someone pointed out; they are yeast and bacteria, not evil spirits.


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