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Old 02-20-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default Plastic fermenter smell

Have a couple 5 gallon brew buckets I've fermented a few beers in. I'm getting ready to brew another batch and noticed the bucket smells like rotten milk. I clean all my gear thoroughly before and after each batch. I've tried scrubbing after noticing the small with a non-abrasive cloth, and the smell still lingers. Any suggestions on what to do and why my ale pails smell like a rotten animal?

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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I'd suggest filling them up with very hot water and oxyclean free.

Let them sit and soak for a few hours. Mine started to smell after their first use too but I wouldn't describe it like you have lol.

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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I had this smell. I soaked in hot bleach water. Got rid of it. Also air dried it throughly.

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Probably not a great time of the year to try it, but nothing works better than sunlight to get rid of odors in plastic fermenters.

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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We aren't having much of a winter here in sw Michigan, so if the chemicals don't work, I'll try the sun. Thanks

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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We aren't having much of a winter here in sw Michigan, so if the chemicals don't work, I'll try the sun. Thanks
Yet your profile says Portage, Indiana...

The only thing my fermenters smell like is hops!
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:58 AM   #7
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Whoops. I'll have to change that. Moved to Michigan a year ago. Thanks.

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Whoops. I'll have to change that. Moved to Michigan a year ago. Thanks.
I had to look up where New Buffalo is...

You're practically in Chicago!

So are you a Hawks fan, or a Red Wings fan??
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Huge redwings fan! Big game tonight. Dads a huge hawks fan so we have some family competition. New buffalo is right around the lake. It's basically a tourist town. 3 people on my street live there year round. Everyone else rents their houses to Chicago people.

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