Originally Posted by andysat
I didn't brew over winter and am starting in the first week of spring (september). I left my fermenter outside with water in it for the kids to muck around with. Algae settled on the bottom and bugs and things. Can I clean it with a swimmingpool chlorine tablet and filled with water and left for 10-15 days?,or will that leave a residual taste?
thanks for the advice
Hey there Andy. Honestly, I think a swimming pool tri-chlor tablet would be serious overkill, and perhaps damaging to your fermenter. You didn't mention what kind of fermenter you have (plastic bucket, carboy, better bottle, etc.) but I know those tablets are VERY strong, and can be damaging to plastic.
Just wash it out very thoroughly. If it's plastic, be sure not to use a stiff brush or cleaning pad that may scratch it. If there is any residual odor, soak it awhile in water with a splash of bleach. If you still have any doubts about it, remember that ale pails are pretty cheap.