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Old 04-02-2009, 12:54 AM   #1
Mar 2009
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After transferring my brew to the secondary ferment or and cleaning the plastic primary with oxiclean and sterilizing it with star san, I can still smell beer. It is a good beer smell, just wondering if I'm getting it clean enough and making sure I'm not setting myself up for failure in the future?

Thanks, Rich

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Old 04-02-2009, 12:58 AM   #2
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Mine have stunk at times and I've yet to have a contaminated brew. Be sure to sanitize it really well before using it again.
Everything is better with a beer.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:02 AM   #3
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Yeah, you're fine. Those buckets absorb odors, but it never seems to impact subsequent batches. Just inspect them thoroughly before each batch, and replace them if you notice scratches or other damage.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:43 AM   #4
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(Relax, don't worry, enjoy the smell of beer) :-) It will be fine.

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:45 AM   #5
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In my opinion
The hop oils work their way into the plastic - becoming bound to it. I think nothing short of severe mechanical scrubbing will get it all out (not a good idea with scratchable plastic) but if you were to clean your equipment hot (ie pre soak with hot water before using a hot detergent solution) you would get the balance of it out. The bottom line is - have you killed all the wee beasties? Don't worry so much about the smell, the molecules are smaller and more resistant to cleaning than bacteria.

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Old 04-02-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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My primary bucket has become stained and retains a strong hop odor. I tried to get rid of that stuff once, filling the bucket with hot water on top of 1/2 cup of Oxi-Clean. It worked pretty well, getting rid of the stain and most of the odor. But of course the stain & strong odor came right back in a few more batches. So- I figured stain couldn't hurt the beer, and beer's gonna smell like hops anyway, so I just clean and sanitize the bucket, and continue brewing. So far, it works.......
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