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Old 01-13-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I recently did a chocolate peppermint porter. I already have a thread discussing revisions to the recipe, but what I did had a lot of chocolate malt and some peppermint extract in the boil (fail).

My concern is that my brew bucket hasn't been the same since. I always clean my buckets twice (probably unnecessarily). I had been using sanitiser for one and comet for the other. I recently switched over to just using a clorox solution. No matter how much I clean the bucket, it still smells like I just emptied that brew from the bucket. That fresh fermented smell. It also stained a little bit.

It was only the 3rd brew in that bucket. I don't think it got scratched up, but maybe the comet was too abrasive. I'm worried about infections and imparting off flavors. I just racked an IPA from it, so I guess we'll see how that turns out. What do you guys think?


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Old 01-13-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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That fresh fermented smell is in my buckets also. It's not a problem. I'd stop using bleach and cleansers though.


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Old 01-13-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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It's a bad idea to use abrasive cleaners on plastic food grade containers.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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It's a bad idea to use abrasive cleaners on plastic food grade containers.
Truth. What I got said it was "non-abrasive," but depending on how well it dissolves I feel like that was a relative term. That's why I switched out, hopefully not too late
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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All you need is some Oxyclean Free (or the unscented store brand stuff) or PBW to clean your fermenters. Fill with hot water, add the oxy/pbw and soak for a few hours, then wipe clean with a rag and rinse well. Extends the life of your plastic fermenters.

 
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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All you need is some Oxyclean Free (or the unscented store brand stuff) or PBW to clean your fermenters. Fill with hot water, add the oxy/pbw and soak for a few hours, then wipe clean with a rag and rinse well. Extends the life of your plastic fermenters.
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