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Bleach to clean and sanitize


Glen A. Hickox • Colorado Springs, Colorado asks,

In the question about root-beer flavors in kegs (“The Root of the Problem,” November 2002), the question- writer mentioned that bleach is a no-no. Of course, I read this not more than two hours after putting a bleach solution through a couple of Cornelius kegs. I have also read that you should periodically soak your transfer hoses overnight. So my question is, when is it appropriate to use bleach and when is it not?


The author of the question about root-beer tainted beer did acknowledge in his question that bleach is a “no-no.” I focused on the root-beer flavor taint and should have commented on that
Response by Ashton Lewis.