So last weekend I brewed a mostly grain 2.5 gal batch of a Double IPA. The recipe had about 7 pounds of grain and a pound of DME. I basically do BIAB, exept I do a batch sparge because I lacked a pot big enough to have the whole BIAB volume. With a grian bill this size, the only thing I had that was big enough on hand to fit all the sparge water in was my bottling bucket.
He's my question. I've read that the grains can have bacteria on them. Did I infect my bottling bucket when I batch sparged in it? I would think the 180 degree water that the grains went into would kill that sort of thing, plus I can soak it in sanatizer, but I know those little nasties can be persistant. Is my bucket still safe to use or should I get a new one? Not that they are expensive, but I hate just wasting money.