I've spent hours searching and reading over the last few days but there's still a few things I can't work out. You lot seem pretty cool, so hopefully I won't get my head bitten off for asking a bunch of questions that are keeping me awake at night
I bought a starter kit last year but never got around to finding enough flip top bottles (in Australia most beers are twist tops now). Yesterday I bought some plastic homebrew bottles and started my first brew.
I really really want to set up a keg system once I have made a few batches. The main things I'm trying to work out are:
1. Do you have to 'clean the line' out each day before serving a beer and if so how much beer approx. is wasted each time?
The reason I ask is because it will mostly be just me drinking it. I'd light to try and limit myself to something like 2-4 drinks a day, so I'm worried about how much will be wasted.
2. How long can a keg be left on tap? Is it ok to take a several months to finish it off?
3. Can the CO2 be left turned on all the time or does it need to be turned of at the cylinder when not in use? If it does have to be turned of, does it have to be primed or anything when turned back on?
(I've read about forced carbonation etc. I have a vague idea of how it all works, I'm just trying to work out if it's feasible for such low scale usage)