It's been over 5 years since I brewed my last batch. I'll be moving in a few months into a new place and I'll be able to start brewing again, the problem is what equipment is toast from sitting idle after that long and what equipment can be cleaned/sanitized and put back to use?

I am going to assume that metal/glass stuff is on the clean/sanitize list, but what about plastic fermenters? Hoses? Airlocks and other plastic/rubber stuff? What about chemicals like PBW, Yeast nutrient/energizer, or sanitizers?

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It should all be good. As long as the plastic items haven't dried out and cracked, they just need to be cleaned and sanitized. I quick trial run with just water will tell you if certain items are leaky or unusable.

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