Smelly barrel

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  1. Mar 12, 2019 #1

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    i purchased a 55 gallon food grade barrel to use as a fermentation bucket. The problem is it had sliced jalapeños in it. What can I do to get rid of the smell? Or am I stuck with a smelly bucket I can’t use.
     
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    Unless I was making jalapeño wine, I'm not sure I'd use that.
     
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    Not sure I want 50 gallons of jalapeño wine.
     
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    Was it jalapeños in vinegar?
     
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    It was sliced jalapeños so I assume so.
     
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    Interesting! The 55 gal. food grade drums around here were mostly used for apple juice, pear juice and similar "non-smelly" stuff. They usually have a little juice left in them and have a fermented smell, but a good washing usually takes care that.
     
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    why would you use any barrel that was used with any fruit or vegetable other then what your trying to make or a neutral barrel? get rid of it
     
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    I bought 2 onion barrels in 1968, yes 1968, I can still smell onion in them. I have used them for water.
     
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    That’s a lot of wine to put at risk vs. buying a new container.
     
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    My first blue 55gal drum was purchased in 1990, previously held cherry flavoring which is not the worst thing for wine, but it took several hot water cleanings and about a year of open air ventilation before the aroma was gone.
     
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    I loaded it down with baking soda, we’ll see in a few weeks. I guess I’m splitting this batch between my 2 20 gallon fermenters
     
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    Because it was 15 bucks. Figured it was worth a try.

    I’ll bet.
    Agreed, that’s why I decided not to use it on this batch.
     
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    Well, a smelly barrel is probably better than a smelly bung! :eek:
     

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