scratches in the bottling bucket

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by steve50, Feb 23, 2012.

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  1. steve50

    steve50 Initiate (145) Dec 10, 2006 New Jersey

    I just noticed some light scratches on the bottom of my bottling bucket. Will this cause a problem? do I need to get a new bucket?
    Thanks, Steve
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,351) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Light scratches should not be a problem if you clean and sanitize properly.
  3. quirkzoo

    quirkzoo Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2011 Colorado

    Shouldn't be a problem as long as you clean it well afterward. If you plan on making a beer with brett or bacteria in the bucket then there is a chance that something can survive in a scratch but if you just brew "regular" beer and clean it well, it shouldn't cause any problems.
  4. premierpro

    premierpro Aspirant (277) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

  5. premierpro

    premierpro Aspirant (277) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    I still use the first bucket I ever bought in 2007. It has quite a few scratches and smells like Ale. It is still making good beer.

    I think I screwed up with this new system!
  6. Aiptasia

    Aiptasia Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Florida

    Should be fine in a bottling bucket. Don't use it as a primary.
  7. steve50

    steve50 Initiate (145) Dec 10, 2006 New Jersey

    thanks all
  8. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,351) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I disagree. Minor scratches in the primary are not an issue if it's cleaned and sanitized properly. And if they were big enough to be an issue, they'd also be an issue in a bottling bucket
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  9. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (721) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    How did the scratches get there? Never use an abrasive or store harder items in the bucket. If treated well, buckets will outlast many other pieces of brewing equipment
  10. Cadmando18

    Cadmando18 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2015 Oregon

    Any scratch can hide food for bacteria. The more scratches you have the bigger the opportunity to have bad bacteria hanging around. That's pretty much the issue with scratches. I have used the same bucket for over 7 years now and it looks like the day I bought it.
    Tips for Plastic Buckets:
    1. Never store metal brewing equipment in the bucket.
    2. Never stir anything in the bucket using anything metal or harder than the plastic.
    3. Never scrub the bucket with any type of hard bristle brush.
    4. Store the bucket upside down on a micro-fiber cloth, and let it listen to classical music in between it's uses. Handle it gently and lovingly and never talk harshly to it....

    Ok well, there's 3 good tips there...
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  11. ghostinthemachine

    ghostinthemachine Initiate (198) Aug 14, 2015 Louisiana

    I think i spotted the odd one out
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