Originally Posted by eastoak
you would just assume the infection came from the fermentor? the list of possible sources of infection is pretty long, including lacto from your mouth. people repeat "chuck the bucket" all the time but have no clue where an infection may have originated. even if an infection could be traced to a fermentor (how that would be done is another problem) i know of NO beer infecting bugs that can survive a good cleaning and sanitation process. this morning i racked a 100% Brett pale ale to a keg and tonight i'll rack a clean pale ale to a keg using the same auto siphon. i do this routinely (a few flanders red ales have gone through the same siphon) and have never had a cross contamination in 2 yrs of doing it. i boil the hose and pump star san through the auto siphon. if i had a large commercial brewery i would not do this because of the larger surface areas involved but a bucket, keg and siphon should not be hard to sanitize.
I would absolutely not infer that it originated in the fermenter but given that plastic can nick and cut easily, I wouldn't risk using it again. Just my preference that is all.
Edit: Also, this thread is old. Wow, that's what I get for not checking dates