Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Removing Pickle Smell From Bucket?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-29-2012, 04:43 AM   #11
weirdboy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,982
Liked 433 Times on 353 Posts
Likes Given: 63

Default

I am surprised Revvy hasn't chimed in yet with a million links proving it's impossible to remove the pickles from those buckets. At least according to Revvy, many people have tried to remove that smell over the years, all unsuccessfully.

I think you can maybe do it eventually, if you make a dozen batches in it, and you are willing to throw away the ones you can't drink. My reasoning is that I had a big-ass jar that I have used for yeast rinsing, which originally was a pickle jar. The jar itself is glass, and was completely odor-free after the first wash/rinse, but the lid on the other hand took a few time of processing yeast leftovers before the smell went away. It DID eventually go away, but it sure took a while.

__________________
weirdboy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2012, 06:49 AM   #12
meaderbaker
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: , Ontario
Posts: 12
Default

Go to a brew store and get a fermentation bag.

__________________
meaderbaker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2012, 01:34 PM   #13
bigdaddybrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Jackson, Michigan
Posts: 198
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 109

Default

Oxyclean and hot water? I have used the lids but they still smell faintly like pickles but don't touch the beer much. The buckets I haven't tried.

__________________

Primary: Pineapple Pale Ale
Kegged: Conceited Brown Cur, Summer Citra Cerveza
Bottled: Concord-Cherry Wine, Dark Winter Spiced Ale, Whitetail Amber Ale, Summer Gold Pale Ale, Irish Sunset
Future: Octoberfest

I made a lot of beer and I can't drink it all by myself...okay I can but I like to share too.

bigdaddybrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #14
Whattawort
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: East Bumfark, Yonder
Posts: 912
Liked 99 Times on 84 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

I would try the following process
1. Bleach solution (~4 or 5 hrs)
2. Vinegar solution (~3 hrs)
3. Oxyclean soak (over night)
4. Direct sunlight (~6-8 hrs)
5. StarSan (over night)

I did this for a used keg I got and most of the odd odor came out. Obviously, I shortened my bleach solution time since SS and bleach don't like each other a lot but plastic and bleach don't mind each other at all.

__________________

Bottled - Swamp Water Mead
Kegged - Ryerish Red
Fermenting - Plinius Maior

“For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”
― William Shakespeare

Whattawort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-29-2012, 03:47 PM   #15
USAFSooner
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Norman, OK
Posts: 304
Liked 36 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

You can't get rid of the smell. I bought a pickle bucket from Firehouse Subs to store my walnut media for brass tumbling in. I've used it for over two years and it still smells of pickles.

__________________
USAFSooner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-14-2012, 10:17 PM   #16
sput
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: , PA
Posts: 29
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts

Default

This looked like the most recent thread regarding use of a pickle bucket for a fermenter and wanted to chime in. I was given 5 pickle buckets and soaked them all in bleach vinegar for two weeks, 2 weeks with oxyclean, and a week with starsan sitting in the sun the whole time. Then brewed several batches in each.

I wish I had labeled the buckets so I knew which were the worst offenders but those buckets are still making pickle flavored beer to varying degrees however I also used one of the buckets to make a kit black raspberry merlot and with a contact time of 4 weeks you can't taste the pickle in the wine once bottled. I have many bottles whose cap labels now start with P for pickle. Surprisingly the Marzen lagered for 7 weeks wasn't the worst offender and was kegged and consumed in a day.

I'm stubborn and had a hard time believe that 3 months of leaching in various beers and cleaners wouldn't get the pickle out. My recommendation is to spend the 4 bucks for a bucket and lid from home depot, soak that in some bleach and move on with life.

Luckily I had several PP, PTFE, and glass carboys running along side so at least some of the beer was picklefree. I'm currently letting some C3C sit in glass and the best pickle bucket for a few weeks to do a side by side to prove I'm not crazy.

__________________
sput is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #17
Weberman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1
Default

Hey did you ever get the pickle smell out of it? What did it take? How did it go? I've got some pickle buckets... Thanks

__________________
Weberman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-20-2013, 11:47 PM   #18
VCTFernandes
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 62
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

By the large number of stories about ever-smelling buckets, I don't believe it's possible, dude...

__________________
VCTFernandes is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Removing co2 thedude00 Mead Forum 1 02-10-2012 04:51 PM
Help with sulpher smell DD2000GT Mead Forum 2 12-06-2011 02:13 PM
Sulfur Smell chicagobrew Mead Forum 10 04-15-2011 06:10 PM
Removing fruit? B192734 Mead Forum 11 05-02-2010 01:22 AM
What is that SMELL? OblivionsGate Mead Forum 17 09-12-2008 09:57 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS