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Old 04-22-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I had a quick question about the plastic fermenter buckets. I'm on my fourth brew now and my first was an irish stout. It was left in the primary for 3 weeks, when I bottled that batch I cleaned the fermenter and brewed a ESB the next day. When that batch was done I cleaned the fermenter and let it sit in my garage for a week. Yesterday I got the bucket out to brew a new batch and it still had a heavy alcohol smell to it which was starting to smell kind of skunky. I know that the plastic can absorb scents and what not but I figured that it would dissipate after a week or so. So sorry for the long lead in but here's my question, will my skunky fermenter impart unwanted aroma/flavor to my new batch? And if so is there anything that can be done to remove scents from plastic buckets.

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Old 04-22-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
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I don't think it'll be a problem. A number of experienced homebrewers on this board use plastic fermenters. I have glass carboys, but my bottling bucket is plastic. It always smells like the last batch.
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:19 PM   #3
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Try soaking it overnight with some PBW, oxyclean, soapy water or bleach.
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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Think of it like a BBQ... where the meat juices and gunk that get left behind from previous cooking contribute to the next BBQ.

But yeah... RDWHABH... its all good. If ya start (constantly) getting some odd flavours, start worrying about it then...

 
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:16 PM   #5
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Think of it like a BBQ... where the meat juices and gunk that get left behind from previous cooking contribute to the next BBQ.

But yeah... RDWHABH... its all good. If ya start (constantly) getting some odd flavours, start worrying about it then...
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I never thought of it that way. Seasoning the fermenters...

 
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:45 PM   #6
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I use a bottling bucket as my primary fermenter as well as for bottling. I use carboys for secondaries. I use a rag instead of a kitchen sponge to clean it, and yeah, it does smell like beer, but it doesn't smell like rotten beer.
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:23 AM   #7
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Yeah, youll be fine. Just be sure to sanitize good
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Old 04-24-2007, 03:44 AM   #8
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That is a great way to think of it.
Like seasoning an Iron skillet.
I know my 2 buckets smell like beer even after cleaning well and sanitizing.
But it never smells bad

 
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:09 PM   #9
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Once in a while I'll bleach my buckets, maybe every 5-6 batches.
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:27 PM   #10
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i've noticed this too, not had any probs so far though, I suppose if its steralised it's steralised regardless of smell.
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