I’m using the 5g Deluxe All-Grain system from NB, which has “Connect the barbed elbow fitting on the false bottom to the barbed fitting on the bulkhead. Using a few inches of 3/8” ID thermoplastic
my 1st question is about that tube specifically - will it get mucked up, mildewy or etc, or after about how many batches might it need to be cleaned and/or replaced? Does it need to be disconnected and rinsed after every batch?
also, regarding the other hoses, like for racking, bottling, etc. - how does everyone manage their cleanliness? and about after how many batches do you tend to replace them? I’m good about sanitizing them before and after each use, but they still seem to get lots of stains, and occasionally a bit of mold or build-up inside - and I’m having a hard time keeping them really clean. I’ve started trying to hang them vertically using clothes pins to hold them, so they could drain better when wet, but I’ve only brewed like 15 batches over 1.5 years and it seems like I need to replace them about every 8 or 9 batches… anyone have some tips for best managing them?