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Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:49:02 AM »
So had a great brew day 2 weeks ago all went well. Called a friend to come get spent grains for his chickens he never showed up forgot about grains for 2 weeks. Whew pretty stinky soaked in pbw for a couple days still have some odor from cooler, letting it air out for now. Any suggestions on how to get rid of odor and would you reuse cooler?

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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2014, 04:00:31 AM »
I'd soak it longer in the PBW - it shouldn't hurt anything in terms of flavor affect on future beers, but if you really want to whack it, you could use unscented bleach solution, followed by thorough rinsing and then leave it open in the hot sun for a few days.

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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 04:16:52 AM »
Fabreeze? Kidding. ;) Unxcented bleach should clean most of it up but you may never get rid of all the smell. Gawd, I can't imagine! :o
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 05:12:13 AM »
Lemon juice or vinegar followed by another pbw cleaning. Done this myself for a few days, can't imagine how bad a couple of weeks is.

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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2014, 05:24:02 AM »
I'd soak it longer in the PBW - it shouldn't hurt anything in terms of flavor affect on future beers, but if you really want to whack it, you could use unscented bleach solution, followed by thorough rinsing and then leave it open in the hot sun for a few days.

Good luck!

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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2014, 05:37:03 AM »
I'd soak it longer in the PBW - it shouldn't hurt anything in terms of flavor affect on future beers, but if you really want to whack it, you could use unscented bleach solution, followed by thorough rinsing and then leave it open in the hot sun for a few days.

Good luck!

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There was a thread similar to this some time ago, except months, not two weeks.  The PBW/Bleach/Sun was the preferred method (unless you just want a new cooler).
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 05:50:21 AM »
The good news is after you've cleaned and cleaned and cleaned - any remaining smell is probably completely embedded in the plastic and won't come out in the mash.
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 07:03:34 AM »
Don't try a sour mash in this cooler.  Some of the bugs will likely survive by the outlet of your cooler.  Not really a concern for regular mashes since the bugs aren't active above about 120 F.
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2014, 08:01:09 AM »
I use hot water and baking soda to remove odors.
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2014, 08:53:59 AM »
I've had good luck with a week long soak of oxyclean in my buckets to remove both stains and smells.
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2014, 11:08:27 AM »
I use hot water and baking soda to remove odors.
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Vinegar can help too. I'd do vinegar first, then rinse, then baking soda if it's really nasty.
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2014, 01:16:46 PM »
I also think lots of baking soda will work.  I had a friend who left seafood in an ice chest after a fishing trip.  We about threw up dinner when we opened it.  He washed it good with soap and water then got a ton of baking soda and hot water and then let is sit for days. Every day he go in with a sponge and wash with the soda liquid.
Can't even tell it's used now.  It just takes lots of time.

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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2014, 06:14:14 AM »
Baking soda worked great thanks for all the the input.I left the pbw in for 5 days still had some residual the baking soda took care of the rest thanks to all.

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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2014, 06:18:41 AM »
I've left grains in my cooler for several weeks several times.  It doesn't hurt anything.  The next time you mash in there and clean the cooler right away, the odd aroma will be gone.
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Re: Life happens grains left in cooler for 2 weeks
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2014, 06:21:42 AM »
Wheew man the stench wow glad it came out note to self from now on lid stays open after brew day until clean. I have always cleaned up the next day this i never want to deal with again I am sure the neighbors would rather not where that smell is coming from either and it was a double batch 28lbs. Hard to keep a straight face to my buddy next door when he said he woke up at 2am and had to shut his windows ;D lmfao. thanks again to all.