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Old 06-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Does anyone use pickle jars for storing their washed yeast? I am trying to build up my supply of jars, but the most recent jar I've tried cleaning and soaking in Oxyclean still has a strong pickle smell in the lid and am curious if that will be ok for storing washed yeast or if I should chuck it in the recycle bin?

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Old 06-05-2012, 06:15 PM   #2
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Pretty tough to get that out. I tried to use pickle buckets from a school kitchen and really just never could get the plastic to give up the smell. I think in jars the lids might harbor more pickle smell. Mason jars are cheap and easy to find (small ones with jam in them). You might succeed, but I think you could find a safer bet personally.

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Try soaking in a warm water and baking powder solution. It will nuetralize most odors.

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The plastic or rubber sealing surface may well hold that smell. I've had some success in the past with soaking them in a dilute bleach solution for days or weeks. I think it was 1/2 cup in 5 gallons, but I'm not sure, as I haven't bothered in a while. Quart Mason jars are less than $1 each at my nearby Menards routinely, and pint jars are less. I haven't shopped around or watched for a sale to try to beat that. Of course, you may eventually need to replace their lids, but those are cheap as well. I just use those.

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Old 06-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #5
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Go to walmart and buy a case of 8 OZ mason jars. Boilable, resealable, and inexpensive. Sold by the jar or by the dozen.

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I was recycling sauce jars but recently switched to the canning jars to save fridge space. A dozen 4oz jars (available at most grocery stores) with lids and rings....$7.00. I get the 16oz ones to store bulk hops in.

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I use gallon pickle jars and lids to make all my starters in. Eventually the smell will go away. Until then, still no problem.

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Zip loc bags for the easy...add yeast and refrigerate, use yeast and dispose.

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Lots of good ideas here! I tried Oxyclean with no luck, I will try the baking powder and the bleach. If that doesn't work I will break down and buy some jars, but things have been tight and I would rather direct money to ingredients if possible.

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A piece of cellophane over the mouth of the jar before screwing the top on?

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