« on: April 28, 2016, 05:51:19 AM »
Buckets will have an alcohol/beer smell to them after fermentation. This smell will degrade over time provided the lid is kept off and the bucket kept in a well ventilated area.
Buckets will become stained/discolored with use. This has no adverse effects on future beers.
As long you clean the bucket by soaking it with brewery wash (PBW) and sanitizing it (Starsan or Iodophor) the bucket will be fine for many years to come.
It's best not to use harsh scrubbing pads or anything that will leave scratches in the plastic. A soft sponge or towel should be all that's necessary to wipe clean the bucket after soaking with brewery wash.
I agree with Trent. I also use Mark C's process of putting an ounce of bleach and and ounce of vinegar into a fermenter full of warm water (always put the water in first) and allowing it to soak overnight the evening before brew day. That removes any remaining smell and apparently does a fine job of sanitizing.