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Old 12-23-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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.OK, I had brewed a wheat beer that I had intended on flavoring with some orange peel, which I successfully did. However, when it came time to bottle, I realized I didn't have enough bottle caps. I was working 7 days a week and didn't have enough time to go to the LBH to get more (and YES, I know I can order them online.... I ....... just didn't think of it :P). So there it sat: For a while. And after a while? I completely forgot about it& It has now been about 10 months. The orange peal is STILL in it. I am absolutel.y possitive that the beer is now (and most likely, long since) dead. The question is, is my secondary any good? Is there a way to clean it so I can reuse it for my next batch, or should I just chunk the entire batch (without opening it), and buy a new secondary bucket.......,...

P.S. I am aware of the grammatical errors in my post.... I'm dating a Lit major and I was just having fun .

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Old 12-23-2008, 12:23 AM   #2
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If it is plastic. Which is sounds ... hose it out and soak it in warm water and oxy clean over night... then inspect and smell it. the decide.

It should be fine.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:44 AM   #3
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I kept beers that long and longer several times but always in a glass carboy. Give it a taste and see how it is. It might be really good.

If your bucket was in good shape at the start of the journey, I can't imagine that anything terrible happened to it while it sat there. I'll second the soaking with oxiclean and giving it a smell.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:57 AM   #4
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If there's no mold...go for the gold! try it before you decide to dump it. Whatever happens to the beer, I second the soak in oxyclean, rinse well and smell test.
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