Can I re-use these containers?

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Can I re-use these containers?

Post by broonzy » 3 years ago

Hi all,

I have four HDPE 25 litre "Jerry can" style containers that I'd like to re-use for no chill storage or fermentation.

Problem is, they've previously been used to transport heating oil (Kerosene), all containers were rinsed after use and then stored for a good while now. I've checked that they are all clean but they still smell of fuel.

Can anyone recommend a cleaning regimen or advise if the fuel could have somehow contaminated the plastic itself?

I guess I'm asking that if I can get rid of the smell will they be safe to use?

Assuming that I can use them I plan to keep a little starsan in each one so they are ready to use as and when required.

Thanks in advance,

Broonzy.

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Post by mally » 3 years ago

Tricky one that Broonzy.

I personally would not want to use them.
A quick read of kerosene on wikipedia shows that it is immiscible in water (hot or cold) so it may not even help to wash in boiling water!

You would need some kind of solvent to remove any "potential" plastic contamination.
It's ultimately your choice, but for me, as they are relatively inexpensive I wouldn't use them for beer.
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Post by broonzy » 3 years ago

Thanks for the quick response Mally.

I'm tending to agree now that I've mulled it over.
By the time I've bought and tried a solvent, cleaned and sanitized, it would probably be cheaper and quicker to buy new.

Also, I can keep the containers for next time we get snowed in and run out of fuel! I can't imagine the agony of deciding whether to tip a brew or heat the house, I'm sure my wife and I would differ on that one.

Might re-consider though if anyone else has ideas.

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Post by Mad_Scientist » 3 years ago

Yuck. I wouldn't use it either.


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Post by broonzy » 3 years ago

Decided to ditch this idea. I think even if I get rid of the smell and it is safe, I'll still never be sure and probably subconsciously taste it.

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Post by mally » 3 years ago

Pity you are so far away Broonzy.
I have a few blue HDPE drums that were previously used for analytical grade water. (I have 4 blue & 2 white, but never use the blue ones as I always end up fermenting them, not storing).
Could probably get another six or so too, but shippping/fuel costs would be more than buying new!
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Post by broonzy » 3 years ago

Appreciate the thought Mally.

I also have a source for some sturdy food grade containers but at the moment they are too big for my needs (100L I'd guess), but I reserved a couple anyway.

I think I'll just buy a couple of cubes.

Thanks again,

Broonzy.

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Post by BobBrews » 3 years ago

Broonzy.

Below is what I use. I don't know where you are located but something similar?

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.a ... d=redirect

Search the internet for No-Chill and search YouTube for No-Chill.
http://www.stempski.com/biab.php See the video at the end.
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