The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Question about plastic fermenters.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-22-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
MilwaukeesBus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 7
Default Question about plastic fermenters.

Hi all,
I had a quick question about the plastic fermenter buckets. I'm on my fourth brew now and my first was an irish stout. It was left in the primary for 3 weeks, when I bottled that batch I cleaned the fermenter and brewed a ESB the next day. When that batch was done I cleaned the fermenter and let it sit in my garage for a week. Yesterday I got the bucket out to brew a new batch and it still had a heavy alcohol smell to it which was starting to smell kind of skunky. I know that the plastic can absorb scents and what not but I figured that it would dissipate after a week or so. So sorry for the long lead in but here's my question, will my skunky fermenter impart unwanted aroma/flavor to my new batch? And if so is there anything that can be done to remove scents from plastic buckets.

TIA,
Steve

__________________
MilwaukeesBus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
efreem01
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
efreem01's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Hicksville, NY
Posts: 261
Default

I don't think it'll be a problem. A number of experienced homebrewers on this board use plastic fermenters. I have glass carboys, but my bottling bucket is plastic. It always smells like the last batch.

__________________
Primary : Nada
Secondary Edwort's Apfelwein, AHS Titannia Wheat On Deck: LHBS IPA [Recipe Unknown], Corona Clone (Lawnmower Beer)
Bottled: Spicy Orange Pale Ale, Stone Cold Brown Ale Kegged: Spicy Pumpkin Ale
"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading"
efreem01 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 03:19 PM   #3
Catfish
Art by David Shrigley
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Catfish's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Nishinomiya, Japan
Posts: 845
Liked 11 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Try soaking it overnight with some PBW, oxyclean, soapy water or bleach.

__________________
鯰 a.k.a. なまず a.k.a. Catfish
Catfish is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
Chrus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 169
Default

Think of it like a BBQ... where the meat juices and gunk that get left behind from previous cooking contribute to the next BBQ.

But yeah... RDWHABH... its all good. If ya start (constantly) getting some odd flavours, start worrying about it then...

__________________
Chrus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 05:16 PM   #5
MilwaukeesBus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 7
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrus
Think of it like a BBQ... where the meat juices and gunk that get left behind from previous cooking contribute to the next BBQ.

But yeah... RDWHABH... its all good. If ya start (constantly) getting some odd flavours, start worrying about it then...
lol
I never thought of it that way. Seasoning the fermenters...
__________________
MilwaukeesBus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2007, 08:45 PM   #6
Rook
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Rook's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Bothell, WA
Posts: 381
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

I use a bottling bucket as my primary fermenter as well as for bottling. I use carboys for secondaries. I use a rag instead of a kitchen sponge to clean it, and yeah, it does smell like beer, but it doesn't smell like rotten beer.

__________________
Rook
Rook is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-23-2007, 02:23 AM   #7
Tophe
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Tophe's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 550
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Yeah, youll be fine. Just be sure to sanitize good

__________________
"Give a man a beer, he'll drink for a day. Teach a man to brew, he'll drink for a lifetime"

All tanks are empty :(


Drinking: A two year old keg of Eff'd up MawN Lower Beer I made !
TindleKrauft Brewing
Tophe is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2007, 03:44 AM   #8
Jetsers
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Austin Texas
Posts: 77
Default

That is a great way to think of it.
Like seasoning an Iron skillet.
I know my 2 buckets smell like beer even after cleaning well and sanitizing.
But it never smells bad

__________________
Jetsers is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2007, 04:09 PM   #9
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,648
Liked 131 Times on 124 Posts

Default

Once in a while I'll bleach my buckets, maybe every 5-6 batches.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-24-2007, 04:27 PM   #10
Geordiepete
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Geordiepete's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: England UK
Posts: 111
Default

i've noticed this too, not had any probs so far though, I suppose if its steralised it's steralised regardless of smell.

__________________
MAGIC
Geordiepete is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PET plastic fermenters: All hype or a must have? UncleDave Equipment/Sanitation 7 05-15-2009 08:53 PM
Plastic Conical Fermenters digdan Equipment/Sanitation 10 04-06-2009 03:20 PM
anyone using 40g plastic conical fermenters? p4ck37p1mp General Techniques 7 08-01-2008 05:40 PM
Plastic fermenters wildwest450 Equipment/Sanitation 9 05-12-2008 05:50 PM
Drilling Plastic Fermenters dblee50 Equipment/Sanitation 7 08-02-2006 12:10 PM