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Old 03-04-2011, 02:10 AM   #1
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I just racked my first batch of beer out of my new (1st) primary. Its a 10 gallon plastic one. I rinsed it out. Washed in bleach water solution and rinsed again. It still smells a bit like there was beer in it. Is the plastic now forever tainted? How to you clean your plastic fermentors?

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Old 03-04-2011, 02:13 AM   #2
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Nah you're good. The smell will fade as long as you were diligent in getting it very clean. You can give it a nice overnight warm water and bleach soak to speed it up.

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Old 03-04-2011, 02:16 AM   #3
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if you are worried about leeching into your next batch, relax. the smell lessens but will never go away. it is kind of nice to start a new batch and take a big wiff of where you have been previously. i love it personally.

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So glad to hear it! Thanks!

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i think there was a thread on this earlier today. nah. no need to worry. mine do this too. just make sure you clean it reall well and don't worry about how it smells

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Old 03-04-2011, 02:36 AM   #6
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sorry.. i usually try to do a good search before i post, but I thought, "how many posts could there be about the smell of the primary?" and just went for it.

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haha. no, im not one of those who says "oh theres already a post on that" (maybe because i haven't been here as long as some of the other ones). i thought it was funny, like you said, how many posts could there be about the smell of primary. then there is two in one day. it seems like that happens a lot thought. my mother in law was jokingly asking me this week about brewing with marijuana. then i've seen two posts this week talking about it.

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I just racked my first batch of beer out of my new (1st) primary. Its a 10 gallon plastic one. I rinsed it out. Washed in bleach water solution and rinsed again. It still smells a bit like there was beer in it. Is the plastic now forever tainted? How to you clean your plastic fermentors?
Hmmm. I didn't know that a container that you make beer in and surprisingly, still smells like beer after its washed, but will be used again to make beer in, is a bad thing? Somebody needs to RDWHAH or whatever that acronym is. Or maybe I should have one.
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Does your FV have a tap on it? did you take it apart to soak/clean it? Did you clean the tap threads? Cooper's,for instance is very adiment about doing that. I washed mine with PBW solution. Still smelled of beer till I took out the tap & cleaned it & the corresponding threads in the fermenter. No more smell.
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