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Old 01-28-2010, 01:10 AM   #1
Jan 2010
Troy, NY
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I'm always thinking of what I can do better and I keep retracing the steps from my last batch. The fermenter had the smell of cascade hops from my previous batch even after I sanitized with Iodophor for one hour. This is only the second batch I've done in this ale pale. I'm hoping this won't cause an off taste but I have a feeling that if I could smell it, it's definitely going to carry over into the next batch. Is this normal and am I being paranoid or was I suppose to put some diluted bleach in the pale and let it soak. Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Old 01-28-2010, 01:15 AM   #2
Dec 2009
North Wales, PA
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If it's sanitary, it's all good. The worst that could happen is you'll have a custom house blend that is uniquely hopped.

With regards to paranoia,

what's that behind you?!!!

No, over there...

Yeah, behind the bush?
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:18 AM   #3
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Largo, Florida
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It's normal from my perspective - my primary bucket smells of past batches - it smells great!! As long as you are cleaning it after each use (sponge - no abrasives) and sanitizing properly it should last for quite some time. I have retired one that did eventually get some funk but it was after about 25 batches fermented in it and even then it was likely something I did or didn't do at the end of a long brew night that spoiled it.

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Old 01-28-2010, 03:30 AM   #4
Jul 2008
Columbus WI
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You're all good. typical paranoia! I'm suffering a little now after 40+ batches. A stout is carbonated too fast so I'm concerned. Now it's a waiting game to see what happens in the next two weeks.

So you see - normal.
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