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Eric W

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Hello,

I had made a cabinet to hold my 2 - 33 gallon Speidel fermenters during primary fermenation. I completed the cabinet about 5 weeks ago, sanded and stained/poly to finish. There is still a slight smell to the cabinet and have a little concern about the smell penetrating the juice. Part of me feels that the lack of oxygen in the fermenters are enough to keep any outside smell out but I wanted to hear some opinions and thoughts.

it would be very cumbersome to move the cabinet hence the post.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Eric
 

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Hello,

I had made a cabinet to hold my 2 - 33 gallon Speidel fermenters during primary fermenation. I completed the cabinet about 5 weeks ago, sanded and stained/poly to finish. There is still a slight smell to the cabinet and have a little concern about the smell penetrating the juice. Part of me feels that the lack of oxygen in the fermenters are enough to keep any outside smell out but I wanted to hear some opinions and thoughts.

it would be very cumbersome to move the cabinet hence the post.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Eric
I wouldn’t use it, read too much about VOC’s and smells leaching into wine from wood finishes. My wine room is unfinished mahogany for that reason.
 

Eric W

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Thank you for the reply. Going to take the cabinet out tonight and do some heavy sanding - hopefully I’m successful removing any lingering odors. If not, I’ll have to leave the cabinet out this year.

Thank you,

Eric
 

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