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#1 Hines

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 11:52 AM

Bless me brothers for i have sinned.

 

I left a batch in the primary far too long (longer than i'm going to admit).  I've drained it and scrubbed it by hand (spiedel).  First cleaning was with elbow grease and a small dab of dish soap.   I've rinsed clean and there is still a funk smell.

 

The only other chemicals i have are star san and saniclean.    Should I do a several hour soak with one of those sanitizers and call it a day, even if there is a it of a smell remaining?


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#2 shaggaroo

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:04 PM

do you have any unscented oxiclean around? do a warm water soak with that


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:19 PM

we just have the regular oxiclean that has a few of those blue beads in them.  I think that is scent.  That is all that is carried in the local store too.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:46 PM

i did another scrub with soap, warm rinse, and now a saniclean soak for a few hours.  I think it will be fine, odds are you cant get 100% of the scent out of plastic.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:02 PM

i did another scrub with soap, warm rinse, and now a saniclean soak for a few hours.  I think it will be fine, odds are you cant get 100% of the scent out of plastic.

maybe make a strong solution of baking soda with hot water, let it sit overnight, then rinse out a couple times?


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:02 PM

i did another scrub with soap, warm rinse, and now a saniclean soak for a few hours.  I think it will be fine, odds are you cant get 100% of the scent out of plastic.

 

It should be fine.  They all smell after a while.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 02:18 PM

As long as it just smells like beer I think it's fine.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 05:09 PM

maybe make a strong solution of baking soda with hot water, let it sit overnight, then rinse out a couple times?

 

This seems like a good idea for getting rid of odor, if the odor is that bad.

 

Altho:

 

As long as it just smells like beer I think it's fine.

 

This is a strong argument, too.

 

i did another scrub with soap, warm rinse, and now a saniclean soak for a few hours.  I think it will be fine, odds are you cant get 100% of the scent out of plastic.

 

True, you will never get all of the smell out of the plastic.  I've used Ale Pails for many, many years now, and after the first few (3-5) uses, the beer smell never went away between batches.  NBD.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:55 PM

Bleach followed by bisulfite used to work well with glass.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:03 PM

Bleach followed by bisulfite used to work well with glass.

 

Only downside is, bleach can etch glass.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:08 PM

Double down on the starsan after a thorough cleaner soak.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:57 AM

we just have the regular oxiclean that has a few of those blue beads in them. I think that is scent. That is all that is carried in the local store too.


Around here Target carries oxiclean free.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 07:24 AM

If you are still worried after all this make a small batch of simple beer and ferment it in there to make sure there are no ill effects. But I think you are fine.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:30 AM

Around here Target carries oxiclean free.

 

There is a target....about an hour & 20 minutes from my house  :-)

 

Thanks all, after a soak all night in saniclean, it's going to be fine.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 05:35 PM

There is a target....about an hour & 20 minutes from my house  :-)

 

Thanks all, after a soak all night in saniclean, it's going to be fine.

 

sometimes they have free shipping.  I've ordered it from them that way too.


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