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Old 06-11-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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I cleaned my primary w/ PBW after brewing and then again when I bottled (since I had the PBW mixed up to clean the bottles and bottling bucket), and my primary still has the odor of beer (that being an English Bitter--my first batch). Now ready to brew my 2nd batch but a little concerned about this lingering odor, and the possibility of imparting flavor to my next batch.

Any ideas to get rid of this odor, or should I not worry about it?

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Old 06-12-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Lots of people soak in Oxyclean overnight, which seems to fix the problem. I just wash with soap and santize, and don't really worry about the odor, because I'm putting more beer in there anyway.

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Old 06-12-2008, 12:03 AM   #3
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I cleaned my primary w/ PBW after brewing and then again when I bottled (since I had the PBW mixed up to clean the bottles and bottling bucket), and my primary still has the odor of beer (that being an English Bitter--my first batch). Now ready to brew my 2nd batch but a little concerned about this lingering odor, and the possibility of imparting flavor to my next batch.

Any ideas to get rid of this odor, or should I not worry about it?

Bottled / drinking: English Bitter
Up next: Blue Moon clone
RDWHAHB!
That odor will stay with the plastic buckets forever and won't have any effect on future beers. Brew away and don't worry about it!
I kind of like that smell!
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If I am going to have a fermentor empty for a couple days, I fill it up with water and add a little bleach. If I am bottling and brewing at the same time I just give it a quick rinse.

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Just be glad you are not using a pickle bucket. Imagine the smell of beer and pickles.

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Just be glad you are not using a pickle bucket. Imagine the smell of beer and pickles.
Only good if you're making garlic beer.
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