Yesterday we bottled our first amber ale brew using the homebrew kit with the 5 gallon buckets. We washed everything we used so far in just hot water. Most smells were ridden with just that. The bucket fermentor we used for 2 week ferment still has some alcohol/beer odor left in it the following day. Is this normal? Or is this something to try and wash out so that future uses don't transmit odor or flavor? We have yet to buy any upgraded cleaner that wouldn't be included in the starter kit recipes but this may be where it is necessary. Right now, the cleaned bucket is upright to vent out before storing it until the next brew day. Also, I should mention there does not seem to be any residue or discoloration on the inside of the bucket from the beer. We cleaned it out pretty well yesterday with just hot water. We don't really want to add dish soap or anything like that if there are better options out there.
One suggestion was just using baking soda and hot water for an overnight soak. Thoughts??
Thank you for any advice and tips in advance. I really can't wait to finally try out the finished product in a couple weeks.