• How often everyone else cleans their beer lines
• What chemicals
• What equipment and procedures
• What happens if you wait too long to clean them.. as in how does it affect the flavour?
Ummm, I hadn't cleaned mine since I started kegging in January....
I started to notice an unfamiliar flavor in my beer... actually ever since I had one bad keg that tasted like bandaids, every beer since had a little bit of that flavour. I was being lazy and not cleaning my lines and I just figured I had done something wrong to a few batches.
So I filled a keg up halfway with hot water, dumped in about 1/3 cup bleach (so yeah a fairly strong conncentration) and ran most of it through the line, then left it sit in the line for about 7-8 minutes, ran the rest through, the rinsed the keg very very well until all bleach smell was gone, then filled it up halfway with cold water and ran all of that through the line, making sure that when I was done, there was no bleach odour left in the water that was coming out of the tap.
It made a BIG difference to the taste of my beer. The off flavour is still there, but just a hint of it. I might flush the lines again when this keg goes dry.
So how do you guys maintain your lines?