I'm thinking "yes".....I use glass for secondaries, and haven't had any issues. My primary brew bucket, on the other hand, is slowly convincing me to buy a 6 gal. carboy for primary fermenting. I was hesitating on using soap on it, but maybe if I rinse it out really well.....Tony said:Just wondering...Since secondaries are used for longer times, and the beer is left in there much longer, if plastic secondaries are used, is there any chances of off flavors coming from the plastic itself? I mean, I know these are food grade, but does plastic acually degrade at all or pick up residue in its pores?
It's not really a plastic taste at all.....My brew bucket seems to be retaining all the wonderful smells of past batches....I'm fearing these will transfer to subsequent batches in the future.....Janx said:No soap! Never soap on brew gear!
As far as plastic giving a plastic-y taste, anything is possible with plastics. They offgas a lot of crazy stuff. I think fermenting in glass or stainless is clearly better, but a lot of people starting out need to use plastic until they get the bug and buy proper fermenters
No. Pressure will take the least resistant method of escape. Why go through the rigid matrix of glass/plastic when it can much more easily escape through the liquid in the airlock?rightwingnut said:But wouldn't the pressure of fermentation escape through the pores as well as the airlock? The pressure should be uniform throughout...I can't see any oxygen getting in...???
I've found soaking them in a bleach/water soultion will kill the smell very effectively, but man, be careful not to use much bleach and rinse very well. I'll use maybe 3/4 teaspoon bleach for 2-2.5 gallons water.NUCC98 said:It's not really a plastic taste at all.....My brew bucket seems to be retaining all the wonderful smells of past batches....I'm fearing these will transfer to subsequent batches in the future.....