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Old 02-09-2013, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Bucket brew odor-how to clean

So I just finished my first brew, cleaned everything pretty well but my primary still has an ale odor.

What's the best way to eliminate it, will oxy clean do the job? Also, is it ok to use a dish sponge (new) with the abrasive side? Just wondering because I don't want to make any scratches in the plastic.


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Old 02-09-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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Soak in Oxy. Plastic is porous, so odor may not go away, doesn't meet in will affect or infect your next batch.


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Old 02-09-2013, 02:26 AM   #3
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After emptying my fermenter I wash it with warm water and PBW, rinse and let dry. Mine has an odor of hops (which I love), but it doesn't impact the next batch regardless of what's next. I guess you could soak overnight with OxyClean or PBW and see if it helps, I don't sweat it. Don't use anything other than soft cloths or a sponge to clean, not even the 'safe' plastic scrubby side of the sponge.
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Do not scrape it !

Don't worry about the odor, it won't affect your next brew. If you are really worried, soak it overnight with cold water and bleach. Don't forget to rinse it with hot tap water afterwards. That should eliminate the odor. If it doesn't, RDWHAHB (I hope I spelled it right)

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Hot water will open up those pores. OxyClean will kill the oder. It can still smell and be sanitary though.
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use odor free oxyclean.

As long as the plastic isn't stained or scratched you should be fine. If it is junk it and get a new one.


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