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Old 01-14-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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I used my bottling bucket for a primary fermenter and it has a strong hop odor. I've rinsed and soaked several times with Oxiclean but it's still there.

I'm going to be bottling my first batch of Apfelwein this week -- is it safe to transfer my Apfelwein into the hop-smelling bucket just for long enough to bottle? Or is it likely to impart hop flavor on the Apfelwein?


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Old 01-14-2008, 09:36 PM   #2
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Smelling the hops aroma won't necessarily translate to hop aroma seeping into your apfelwien.

If you're overly concerned, fill up the bucket with warm water and a 1/2 cup of bleach and allow to soak overnight.

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Old 01-15-2008, 12:17 AM   #3
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or water and a baking soda soak over night.
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:27 AM   #4
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I'm in the opposite situation - my bottling bucket reeks of Apfelwein..... but I bottled 2 batches in it anyways, no noticeable change as of yet. Probably clear to go ahead and just do it, but I like the baking soda overnight idea, too.

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