Originally Posted by wildwest450
Sanitizers are NOT cleaners and shouldn't be used as such. Your cheating yourself out of a consistent taste if you don't clean your lines regularly. I've done more than a few cleaning tests with 3 different kegerators in my house and two friends. There's absolutely no debate the taste will start to degrade after 3 weeks to a month. I don't EVER sanitize a beer line as it's just not necessary.
A good thorough cleaning with BLC, or I use the powder micromatic sells, works great. If you spring for the kit, it only takes 20 minutes and requires very little effort.
Agreed. At least once a month, in my book. The cleaning is pretty easy, and if you don't want to spend the $50 for a cleaning kit, you can make your own for about half that with a pesticide sprayer bottle (clean, of course) from Home Dump or bLowes ($10), a short piece of tubing, and a tap adapter ($10 or so from LHBS).