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Old 04-21-2011, 04:34 AM   #1
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Default Primary fermenter smells

I brewed a batch and cleaned the fermenter (plastic bucket) with soap then sprayed inside with bleach solution and let it sit for a while. It smells like sour beer. Is it ever completely free of odor after using it?

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Old 04-21-2011, 04:52 AM   #2
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Sounds like it's time for a new fermenter. Unfortunately, thus is the down side of plastic buckets. They stain and will retain odors over time due to the nature of plastic degraded with extended use. If you're going to replace it, you might as well upgrade to a glass carboy. Plus, watching fermentation is titillating.

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:48 AM   #3
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Geeze. Can you tell I'm typing this from my iPhone? I swear I'm not illiterate.

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Old 04-21-2011, 05:54 AM   #4
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Thanks, I think I'm gonna upgrade.

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Old 04-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #5
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I only use my fermenting bucket to cool the wort and to bottle. (mine has a spigot attachment)

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Old 04-25-2011, 03:33 PM   #6
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My plastic fermenters smell like beer. No problems. I would have to brew a bad batch for me to throw one out.

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Old 04-25-2011, 03:55 PM   #7
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My plastic bucket smells like spoiled beer too, they all do. It is normal. You will not notice any carryover between beers. If you want to switch to carboys that is fine, but do not think it is any kind of an "upgrade".

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:31 PM   #8
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I only use my fermenting bucket to cool the wort and to bottle. (mine has a spigot attachment)
Are you using your bucket to cool wort right after boiling? if so, double check the heat resistance of your bucket.
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Well, I've used it to cool the wort on more than 8 occasions and I've never had a problem.

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Well, I've used it to cool the wort on more than 8 occasions and I've never had a problem.
I've been trying to research what plastic those bottling buckets are made of exactly (probably varies anyhow), and what the temperature range is on them, but to no avail.

I do recommend that you look into it however (perhaps the bottom of your bucket will tell you), because many plastics can only handle 170F before they actually start to leech out plastics into your beer.

Although this may never cause you to have an immediately perceivable problem, it seems like a worthwhile health consideration in the long term... don't ya' think?

This is just something that I recently realized while researching some other topics. I do know that vinyl hose is only good to about 170F, so keep that in mind as well. I just switched all of my hot side tubing over to silicone (it can withstand temps up to 140F).

Here's the best I can find:

Assuming your bucket is made of FDA approved polyethylene, here is a website that makes tanks out of it, and has a Q&A section where this topic comes up:

"Linear polyethylene (HDLPE) storage tanks have a maximum storage temperature of 130 degrees F. Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) storage tanks have a maximum storage temperature of 140 degrees F."

http://www.snydernet.com/frequently_...tm#temperature

If the health reasons aren't enough, then do it for the beer!

- just sayin'
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