Cleaning free plastic buckets - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Cleaning free plastic buckets
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-04-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
sippyCUP
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 4
Default Cleaning free plastic buckets

I'm not real fond of paying $12 for plastic buckets from homebrew stores, so I asked the ever-so-kind bakery ladies for their 5 gallon icing buckets. I'd read about people using these type of buckets before, and was wondering what I could use to remove the oily-greasy feel on the inside of the bucket. My significant other recommended detergent but I'm not sure how I feel about that in my beer buckets, even though I'll sanitize them as well.

What do you say, guys? Dish detergent and elbow grease or is there something which would clean them without imparting soap flavoring?


sippyCUP is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2006, 12:42 AM   #2
magno
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
magno's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 900
Liked 9 Times on 6 Posts

Default

I would use nonscented dishwashing detergent and a bit of elbow grease.

Beware of putting 5 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon primary fermenter, could get messy.

BTW welcome to the forum.

- magno


magno is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2006, 02:05 AM   #3
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,781
Liked 123 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

...and don't use anything stiffer than a wet sponge to wash it with...
__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2006, 02:39 AM   #4
EvilTOJ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EvilTOJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Portland, OR, Oregon
Posts: 6,390
Liked 49 Times on 34 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Somewhere I read to soak the buckets full of water with 1 cup baking soda for a week in the sun, then full of water with 1/3 cup bleach for one week in the sun, then wash wash wash and you should be set. I have a bucket that had stored detergent, and even though I'd washed and soaked and washed and soaked I never got the smell of washing soap out of it. I use it for a sanitizing bucket instead.
EvilTOJ is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do plastic buckets ever need a blow off? zippyslug31 General Beer Discussion 31 05-10-2010 08:20 PM
Help- Next Step after plastic buckets? WayneTree Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-25-2009 04:28 PM
Home depot plastic Buckets JHendrix Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-19-2009 05:18 PM
Crawlspace Aging with Plastic Buckets digdan Mead Forum 19 04-15-2009 10:48 PM
Plastic Buckets & Oxidation? Pelikan Equipment/Sanitation 1 11-14-2008 11:56 PM


Forum Jump