A question has been posed that strong cider i.e. above 5% for instance is so acidic that it was not necessary to clean lines as often as other beer lines and that there are draught ciders that have a shelf life of 2 years. Can you please give me your opinion on these points.
I have known pubs in the past who have cleaned their cider lines every six months and it tastes yuk! Cider companies recommend you clean cider lines the same as beer lines weekly. Personally I agree with them, why is it when you go and have a few pints on a Saturday night you can drink the same beer in every pub yet it tastes different in some.
Most pubs clean their lines weekly yet I firmly believe some, do not clean them thoroughly and this will affect the taste. This will also affect my drinking habits I will stay in the pubs with the better tasting beer and so will others. I am not a regular cider drinker but I have a lot friends who are and they tell me the same, we tend to find the beer and the cider are good in the same pubs, so this must be down to the pubs line cleaning regime. For the sake of a few pints a week why bother?