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Old 01-03-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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So I just picked up a pickle bucket from Firehouse Subs to use for cleaning/sanitizing equipment. What should I use to get rid of the pickle smell? It is so strong my garage smells like dill pickles...

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Old 01-03-2011, 05:48 AM   #2
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What should I use to get rid of the pickle smell?
A new bucket?

Seriously though, you might reduce the smell with an oxiclean or bleach soak, but I don't know of any way to remove it completely.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:51 AM   #3
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Would it even be worth keeping? I'm not worried about the 2 bucks...it was a donation anyway, but I don't think pickles and hops go together...

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It would be worth keeping if you can get rid of most of the smell. Try out the oxiclean soak or maybe some baking soda and hot water and see if the smell goes away.

A somewhat smelly sanitizing bucket doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but if it smells so bad that your garage smells like a pickle factory then you may want to just spring for a new, clean bucket.

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I have had one for about a year now, it still smells like pickles. I have tried soaking for days with bleach, Oxy Clean, & Star San. Nothing works, I now use it just for carrying my spent grains to the horse.

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Old 01-03-2011, 02:37 PM   #6
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Sorry but the one thing that can't be gotten out of buckets to use them for brewing is pickles....I don't think you'll find one success story in all these threads. The pickling brine penertrates way too deep into the plastic.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/pickle-bucket-173350/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/pickle-buckets-144485/?highlight=pickle

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/pickle-taste-bourbon-stout-132670/?highlight=pickle

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/pickle-bucket-grist-104109/?highlight=pickle

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/pickle-bucket-85010/?highlight=pickle

As all the above threads have shown, even multiple soakings of oxyclean won't work....If it were that easy there wouldn't be so many threads.

As much as I am all for scrounging, recycling and repurposing, and finding free stuff for our hobby. I have to say pickle buckets really just need to be passed by.

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Old 01-03-2011, 03:22 PM   #7
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Oh well...at least my $2.00 went to a good cause. Thanks for all of the responses. My equipment is in the mail and hopefully I can get my first batch going in a couple of weeks!

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u can get free frosting buckets from grocery store bakeries and those will work for santitation buckets.

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Sunlight and Ozone are the best deodorizers there are and they're free. Try setting them outside in the hot summer sun for a month or so. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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I agree with everyone that the smell pretty much wont leave the bucket as we have multiple buckets at work and I have ran them thru the dishwasher a bunch of times filled and soaked in dawn you name it (stuff that a commercial kitchen would have) and nothing works the dishwasher just muted the smell for a little bit but it will come back. I might have to try a very strong bleach soak.

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