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Old 05-02-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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I've got two flasks and need another 2 vessels for making 1.2 liter starters....will cleaned & sanitized 2 liters for soda work okay?

Even after cleaning them w/ soap and hot water and sanitizing w/ StarSan, there's a very slight odor of the sodas of the respective bottles. Is that going to affect the yeast/finished beer?

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Old 05-02-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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Works fine

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Old 05-02-2008, 11:50 AM   #3
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Let the bottles soak in an Oxiclean or PBW solution for a day and the soda aroma will be gone.

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I use 2 liter bottles as portable kegs all the time. Never had any kind of odd aftertaste or anything. I also have used them with the soda smell still there and no problems. I assume that means there should be no problem with using it as a starter container.

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Old 05-02-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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I'm always a bit fussy when it comes to yeast. There is nothing more important than yeast, so I think it deserves the most attention in brewing. If you screw that up, then nothing else matters. Having said that, I'll also admit that I have a intense bias against plastic. Plastic is too easily scratched and holds onto smells - not something I'm willing to risk to my yeast.

Personally, I would opt for 1 gallon glass jugs. My local homebrew shop sells these for $4 or $5. The mouth is wide enough for a standard stopper and air lock. Cleans up with PBW, no smells, no scratches. A much better choice in my opinion. And just in case you were wondering - glass fermenters, all the way .

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You should be ok in a plastic 2 liter. How will you let air out?

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You should be ok in a plastic 2 liter. How will you let air out?
Same way you would with any other starter vessel.....
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