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Old 05-10-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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I had heard that at some point plastic buckets and tubes start harboring bacteria and always impart off-flavors so they need to be replaced. Has anyone had experience with this, and how often do you find you need to replace your buckets and tubing?

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Old 05-10-2008, 04:45 PM   #2
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I've only had my buckets sevens years, so I don't have experience replacing them.

Tubing, when it won't clean up.

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I think the reason equipment goes bad is through improper care.

If you let your bucket sit around uncleaned for days sure, you'll have a problem or two.

I usually wash them out within minutes of being used so I haven't had any problems with mine. Some of my buckets are over 14 years old.
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if when you sniff the bucket you want to gag then ya you should replace it
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If my buckets start to have the faintest hine of stains or lingering odor, they get a soak in water w/oxiclean over night and they're good as new. As for tubing, I've found that as long as you are thorough with cleaning after use they'll last quite a long time depending upon where you store them. Sometimes things happen though. I had to make due today without my tubing to drain from my keggle to primary because it had some mold in it. I'll get a new piece the next time that I'm at Lowe's - the stuff is dirt cheap.
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:44 PM   #6
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I started getting a progressively worse random off-flavor in my brews over the past year. My fermentation buckets always held a lingering odor no matter how hard I cleaned or how long I soaked. I eventually gave up on plastics and switched to glass carboys exclusively for my fermentation since they're more chemically inert than plastic. That in conjunction with a few other minor modifications to my brewing process has resolved that issue. I had those buckets for about 5 years before they bit the dust.
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I find ever since I switched to using a Primary Pale Liner my pales don't really get stained and the time to clean / sanitize improved.

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Originally Posted by homebrewer_99 View Post

I usually wash them out within minutes of being used so I haven't had any problems with mine. Some of my buckets are over 14 years old.

+1. I still use my original bucket. I've been brewing around 10-12 years.

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