Removing scratches from fermenter/bottling buckets?

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akaryrye

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Sorry if this is a really dumb question, but I have searched and searched to no avail. The only answer I ever read is that the bucket should be replaced if it has scratches. However, can they be sanded lightly with, say 2000 grit, followed by some buffing with a plastic polish to restore the bucket to a certain degree?

Thanks, and plz go easy on me ... its my first post here. :ban:
 

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Welcome to HBT.

You'd be better off getting a new bucket. That seems like a lot of work and it probably wouldn't help.
 
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well ... after some searching on google, it looks 2000 grit is around 1000nm per particle. The lactobacillus bacteria, on the other hand is 40 - 60 nm or 4% - 6% of that size. Even after polishing, there would be plenty of scratches over 300nm ... so it looks like my idea would make it worse.

oh well, buckets are cheap
 

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+1 for getting a new bucket. It's not worth the risk, the price of a batch is more than the price of a new bucket.
 

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Better bottles are a great option too. I clean mine with PBW (powdered brewery wash) or oxyclean and very hot tap water. No rubbing, no brushes (ever), therefore no scratches.
 

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~$15 for a new bucket.

~$20 for a new Better Bottle.

~$40 for a ruined batch + heartbreak + anger + frustration + having to swap out all your plastic gear due to infection.

The mathulator says get a new fermenter.
 
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and you can use your scratched bucket as a new container to hold your star san or whatever to sanitize your bottles, wands, thiefs, etc...
 

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Get a lid (~$2) for the scratched bucket and use it to store your brewing equipment: caps, capper, hydrometer, thermometer,...

That way your stuff is stored neatly and you know where to look when you need something.

+2 on doubling as a seat.

buy a new bucket.
 
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