Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

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Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby ranord » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:15 am

I have to ask this question even though I doubt this is the problem.

I recently started fermenting in the Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks. The first fermentation from my first tank I kegged and the first taste from the keg had a distinct plastic taste. I bought a second tank and I just tasted what I believe was the first batch out of that tank that I had bottled and that has a plastic taste as well. A second fermentation in the first tank did not generate the plastic taste.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience.

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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby turbo_ale » Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:23 pm

When I was fermenting in plastic buckets I would wash the bucket with PBW, rinse good, then Star-San, no plastic issues with my beers.
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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby tookalisten » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:07 pm

I have not seen that in my use; but I too use PBW to clean, rinse, then StarSan to sanitize prior to next batch going in.
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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby CA_Mouse » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:02 pm

While I don't have a Speidel, I have noticed this with regular buckets and PET carboys on first use. After that I did the same as the others when I get anything new that is plastic... PBW soak for about 30 minutes, followed by a thorough clean rinse and then StarSan.
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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby ranord » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:43 am

I too use PBW and Star San. I haven't fermented in plastic since my first brew or two a few years ago. Hopefully this is a one time occurrence. I'll find out soon as the batch I brewed yesterday will go into the second fermenter I bought which will be its second fermentation.
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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby brewer_b » Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:08 am

I've brewed plenty of batches in plastic buckets without any issues. I just bought one of these Speidel fermenters and for the first batch I cleaned with soap and water, then PBW with 10min soak, rinsed thoroughly and then a Starsan soak for about 30 mins during whirlpool and chilling. My first beer out of it had a distinct plastic like aftertaste that was a bit sweet. did your subsequent batches get better? I'm concerned about fermenting another batch in this thing...
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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby Brewtime » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:43 pm

brewer_b wrote:I've brewed plenty of batches in plastic buckets without any issues. I just bought one of these Speidel fermenters and for the first batch I cleaned with soap and water, then PBW with 10min soak, rinsed thoroughly and then a Starsan soak for about 30 mins during whirlpool and chilling. My first beer out of it had a distinct plastic like aftertaste that was a bit sweet. did your subsequent batches get better? I'm concerned about fermenting another batch in this thing...



I own four of vaious sizes never had a plastic aftertaste.
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Re: Speidel Plastic Fermenting Tanks - Plastic Taste?

Postby MullerBrau » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:51 am

I use the big plastic 14.5 gallon Curtec fermenters and have never encountered this.
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