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Old 07-31-2010, 01:09 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to make my second batch and I cleaned out my primary fermenter which is an 'Ale Pail'. I let it soak for about 6 hours with Easy Clean and scrubbed with a soft sponge but the bucket still has a faint aroma from my previous brew.

Can that cause any problems with the new batch? Should I try another cleaning product?

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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I don't know what Easy Clean is. I use PBR [edit: d'oh! ... PBW]. Get it. It is good.

A faint aroma shouldn't cause any problems. That is normal.

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:29 PM   #3
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Easy Clean is an Oxygen based cleaner that came with my brew kit. I've heard good things about PBW I'll probably try that after I run out of Easy Clean.

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:41 PM   #4
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I don't know what Easy Clean is. I use PBR. Get it. It is good.
"PBR" as in "Pabst Blue Ribbon"?

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Old 07-31-2010, 02:18 PM   #5
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I've always used oxyclean followed by a very good rinse.

I've always noticed a slight hoppy aroma in all of my ale pales.

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The smell doesn't carry over to the next batch.

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It seems if the smell was left behind by the previous batch, it would be left behind by the next one... Just a theory.

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I've only done 2 batches in my plastic fermenter and it smells quite strongly already. And thats with some long soaks in oxiclean free. Just one of those things it seems.

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"PBR" as in "Pabst Blue Ribbon"?

That explains the oder!
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I had a faint wheat odor in my Ale Pail after I soaked in Oxy for half a day, but after I took the lid off and let it air for a day, it faded. No worries. Brew on, chap.

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