Brewing for the first time in 3 years - What to replace?

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big78sam

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Hi all,

I haven't brewed for 3 years. BIAB in a Birko urn. I chill in a couple of the old faithful bigw 19l pots in the bath. I will be getting all new ingredients and a new tap on the fermenter. The fermenter actually had sanitiser sitting in it for 3 years. It's clean with a small amount of what looks like black mould spots on the lid thread. I'll give that a thourough clean. I'm debating buying a new fermenter but this may be my only brew for the foreseeable future. Everything else will get a thorough clean, with boiling water, napisan soak and sanitizer as appropriate.

The beer will be going in kegs. All the kegs and lines have the same treatment with a napisan solution in them for a week, them another week with starsan. I'll pull the taps apart and give them a good clean as well. The keg seals seem pretty good. They will get a good clean and a fresh coating of lube. Is there anything else you'd replace, rather than just clean?

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beergee

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Hi all,

I haven't brewed for 3 years. BIAB in a Birko urn. I chill in a couple of the old faithful bigw 19l pots in the bath. I will be getting all new ingredients and a new tap on the fermenter. The fermenter actually had sanitiser sitting in it for 3 years. It's clean with a small amount of what looks like black mould spots on the lid thread. I'll give that a thourough clean. I'm debating buying a new fermenter but this may be my only brew for the foreseeable future. Everything else will get a thorough clean, with boiling water, napisan soak and sanitizer as appropriate.

The beer will be going in kegs. All the kegs and lines have the same treatment with a napisan solution in them for a week, them another week with starsan. I'll pull the taps apart and give them a good clean as well. The keg seals seem pretty good. They will get a good clean and a fresh coating of lube. Is there anything else you'd replace, rather than just clean?

Cheers!
Is the fermenter HDPE? I had mine stored in the garage for a couple of years and the plastic went really brittle. I don't think they are very UV resistant.
Maybe fill it up with water and try lifting it.
Mine let go around the outside edge of the rim.
 

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My first FV was over 20 years old but eventually succumbed to UV and broke up, i'd buy a new one now since they are cheap enough or just use a 25ltr cube.
 
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