Been away for a few years - what equipment is probably still okay to re-use?

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MooDaddy

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Been a few years since my first and only brew and I'm ready to get back into it again. Question - even though I cleaned the carboy and fermenter and other equipment after the brew was done, are there any components that are more susceptible to contamination after such a long layoff and simply need to be replaced, or is a good cleaning and sanitation enough to get cooking again?

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Hoppy2bmerry

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Welcome back. I think you are good to go with a deep cleaning and sanitizing. If you used a bottling bucket with a spigot, disassemble the spigot to clean it.
 

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Any vinyl hoses should be replaced, they're relatively cheap. Disassemble everything you can and give it a good soak in PBW or oxyclean, and rinse well. If anything has rust, pitch it. O-rings should be replaced as well.
 

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It is probably the safe bet to replace the hoses and maybe even o-rings. But if they were put away clean I wouldn't worry too much about them. Some routinely replace all their plastic. In 7 1/2 years I have only replaced some tubing that got grungy. So I vote just clean and sanitize well. Use Starsan or Iodaphor for sanitizing. The all in one sanitizer/cleaners that are supplied with some kits do neither job well.
 
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