I'm always thinking of what I can do better and I keep retracing the steps from my last batch. The fermenter had the smell of cascade hops from my previous batch even after I sanitized with Iodophor for one hour. This is only the second batch I've done in this ale pale. I'm hoping this won't cause an off taste but I have a feeling that if I could smell it, it's definitely going to carry over into the next batch. Is this normal and am I being paranoid or was I suppose to put some diluted bleach in the pale and let it soak. Thanks in advance for your advice.
It's normal from my perspective - my primary bucket smells of past batches - it smells great!! As long as you are cleaning it after each use (sponge - no abrasives) and sanitizing properly it should last for quite some time. I have retired one that did eventually get some funk but it was after about 25 batches fermented in it and even then it was likely something I did or didn't do at the end of a long brew night that spoiled it.