Hop-odor in Bottling Bucket, safe for quick bottling?

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Nov 24, 2007
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I used my bottling bucket for a primary fermenter and it has a strong hop odor. I've rinsed and soaked several times with Oxiclean but it's still there.

I'm going to be bottling my first batch of Apfelwein this week -- is it safe to transfer my Apfelwein into the hop-smelling bucket just for long enough to bottle? Or is it likely to impart hop flavor on the Apfelwein?

Smelling the hops aroma won't necessarily translate to hop aroma seeping into your apfelwien.

If you're overly concerned, fill up the bucket with warm water and a 1/2 cup of bleach and allow to soak overnight.
I'm in the opposite situation - my bottling bucket reeks of Apfelwein..... but I bottled 2 batches in it anyways, no noticeable change as of yet. Probably clear to go ahead and just do it, but I like the baking soda overnight idea, too.