Originally Posted by TIPA0303
The cloudiness is from the hot water and prolonged PBW soaks. The plastic siphon pieces get micro fractures from hot water and extended cleaner soaks. Eventually they will form legit cracks and cause leaks. I flush mine with homemade PBW in slightly warm tap water for no longer than 30 min and it still looks crystal clear after 2 years.
Would a Star-San soak cause the same micro fractures? So far, I've only flushed with warm-hot water and submerged in my bucket o'star-san before and after use...(which could easily have been up to or even over 30 min while I'm doing other things).
Either way, thanks for the intell. And, I agree with ya 'day tripper'...tubing is a lot cheaper than losing a brew! Replacing every year or so is a good idea.