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frisbee91 06-11-2012 02:48 PM

Survey: Reusing plastic after an infection.
Have you reused plastic fermetation buckets and/or plastic tubing after they have contactated an infected / contaminated batch of beer?

If you answered Yes, please post what cleaning methods you used, and what the results were. Thanks!

greyhoundbrewing 06-11-2012 03:16 PM

i brew sours and regular beers and havent had a problem. sanitation is key

Pappers_ 06-11-2012 03:22 PM

I didn't answer the poll because I did both when I had an infected beer last summer. It was a beer I had bottled, so what I did was:

1) tossed the Better Bottle (there were visible scratches around the mouth) - I've since replaced all my Better Bottles with glass carboys - it just reduces one variable for me
2) replaced the tubing
3) replaced the autosiphon
4) tossed the bottles

The one item I didn't toss was the bottling bucket - there were no scratches on it and I bleach bombed it, including taking apart the spigot. Many bottled batches since then with no problems.

greyhoundbrewing 06-11-2012 04:28 PM

What I do in between my sours and non sours is bleach the hell out of them

thepartsmancometh 06-11-2012 04:46 PM

I had a few infected batches in a row (gushers) and I bought new buckets. I swear I was cleaning and sanitizing as well as possible, but there were some small scratches. Bottom line for me: buckets are cheap. Better safe than sorry.

Btw, I still use the old ones to carry water for the garden

turkeyjerky214 06-11-2012 05:59 PM

Buckets are cheap. I'm on the overly cautious side, though.

kinkothecarp 06-11-2012 09:06 PM

I brew sours in my buckets.

Usually I bleach them and then brew an IPA or Double IPA in them. Just because I know sours are adverse to hops :)

MichaelBrock 06-11-2012 09:14 PM

I had an infected batch of cider in a plastic bucket fermenter. I dumped and did my usual scrub down with dish soap & rinsing. Sanitized as I usually do (pour starsan into the bucket and let it sit for a few minutes) for susequent batches. The infection was four batches ago and I haven't had any issues since. Either I have been lucky, or the "infection from plastic buckets" think is overblown. I vote for the latter. It doesn't make sense to me that infection can hide from cleaning & sanitizing but somehow is still considered likely to infect your beer.

Pivovar_Koucky 06-11-2012 09:25 PM

I think soaking in a bleach solution should be more than enough to kill some pissant souring bacteria.

greyhoundbrewing 06-11-2012 10:24 PM

We use bleach in the hospital to kill spores and bacteria all the time. It can take care of a little lacto

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