I just tried a beer from a batch I bottled a couple of weeks ago and it tastes like my Homer bucket. Why? Because while I was collecting my first runnings, I thought it to be a good idea to collect it in my Home Depot homer bucket which I have calibrated to show me how much I have collected from my mash. This hot wort sat in the bucket for at least an hour while I heated up my sparge water and sparged into the same bucket (why? so I could see how much total wort I collected, of course). Apparently hot liquid gets the plastic going and the awesome Homer flavor went into my beer.
So the question of the day is SHOULD I DUMP THIS THING AND GO ON WITH MY LIFE? Or are the yeasties really that magical and can take away orange bucket flavor?
*Side note: I made two more batches using this method which I have not bottled yet. I tasted them this morning to see if they were affected as well. Tasted fine. WTF?