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06-26-2008, 11:58 AM
I bought a 5 gallon bucket of honey from Dutch Gold which I am happy with. I transfered the honey to a "honey bucket" I bought from a beekeeping catalog with a special honey gait, just to make it easier to portion it in the future - the ladle technique was too messy and time consuming. I assume the bucket the honey came in originally is food grade plastic and I could use it for fermenting with some modification so I cleaned it out last night. Gave it a little scrub with soap and hot water then I filled it with 4 gallons of water and added Easy Clean and let is sit a little while after swishing it around a lot. This morning after it was dried I noticed it still has a strong honey smell. Is that typical or did I just not clean it well enough? It just has me concerned that the plastic fermenter, if they retain smells, will transfer flavors of one mead batch to the next.

Medsen Fey
06-26-2008, 12:50 PM
Hi Robintun,

A post Here (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=412&topic=6263.msg51383#msg51383) has information you may find helpful. The Search Tool (http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=412&action=search) can help you to find many answers.

Good meading!

06-26-2008, 01:00 PM
I did use the search tool, thanks, but I did not come across that post or any other about retain smell. So I guess the short answer to me question is - Yes they can retain smells. The Easy Clean solution I used is supposed to be just like oxyclean, maybe I just did not leave it to soak long enough or make it more concentrated. Thanks again.

06-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Just for reference, when I'm trying to purge smells from my plastic buckets, I use a full measure (the cup that is included with the package) of OxiClean dissolved in 5 gal of warm water, and I allow the mixture to soak in the bucket overnight before swishing it around as I dump it out. The smells take longer to oxidize out than the other residual gunk from fermentation and/or storage.