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woody34 08-15-2012 02:47 AM

is my bucket clean?
I use a 6.5 gallon fermentation bucket. I clean it well ( I think) after each batch. However, it still smells like beer. Is that a problem? Does that mean it's not as clean as I think it is? I clean It with a soft cloth, hot water and a little bit of dish soap. Sometimes use oxi clean too. Any input?

amandabab 08-15-2012 02:51 AM

its plastic it will smell like beer, but its clean.

the only way to pull the smell out of it, is to soak it with water for at
least as long as its held beer.

BradleyBrew 08-15-2012 02:54 AM

dont worry about the smell... all my buckets smell like beer. If you clean and sanitize you are good to go..

woody34 08-15-2012 02:55 AM

Ok. Thanks. I don't mind the smell, just wanted to make sure it wasn't hurting my beer.

Stauffbier 08-15-2012 03:01 AM

Every once in a while I soak my buckets with a mild bleach solution for 2 or 3 days, then I soak it with oxiclean for a day, then I rinse it well and put it in the sun for a day. It takes most of the old beer smell out, but you can still smell it a little.. No worries!

Braufessor 08-15-2012 01:13 PM

+1 to giving it a nice long soak for a day or two every so often. Otherwise, sounds like you are fine to me.

mbauer013 08-15-2012 02:17 PM

Drop the dish soap!, it may kill your beer's head retention. Just use the Oxiclean, no neet to use other detergents. Like an earlier poster said if the smell really bugs you use bleach every once in a while but rinse well.

DannyD 08-15-2012 02:43 PM

no, woody.......... your bucket is NOT clean.......buy another one, its cheap!! Or just bleach the hell out of it and leave it in the sun for a few days

iskuse 08-15-2012 03:50 PM

I put a scoop of oxiclean in mine and fill it up with water. Then I let it sit in the sun all day. probably like 8 hours, if no sun, let it sit in the garage over night. the sun helps to remove the stain from the beer.

tre9er 08-15-2012 03:53 PM

What bleach solutions are you guys using to nuke your FVs? I might do mine as I think i've been using a mildly infected yeast strain for a while now, though it never get's bad enough to affect the beer. I'm going to start with fresh yeast and probably nuke the FVs.

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