Is it possible for flavors to stick with a bag used for BIAB brewing, and for it to transfer them to my next brew? If so, what can I do to avoid it

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In practice a nylon bag can become discoloured but it rarely gets so contaminated as to actually affect the flavour of a brew. As long as the bag is cleaned of all debris and thoroughly rinsed it should keep well. It is advisable to soak the bag in water soon after the grain is emptied out. If the bag becomes stained or clogged then soaking in a solution of something like VWP (a commercial brewing sanitiser/detergent) should clean it. Others use Vanish or similar peroxide bleaches. I have seen bags washed in domestic washing machines using standard laundry detergents - but watch out for zips/studs/etc catching and ripping the bag in a mixed wash.

If the bag is all plastic construction it can be soaked in a bucket of hot water, then well rinsed and finally microwaved.

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    Once I rinse my bag of debris, I put mine in the washer with a couple of white towels on a sanitizing cycle with no detergent then hang to dry. Cleans it perfectly for the next batch
    – RAReed
    Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 10:46

I've not experienced any carry over from stained bags or beer lines for that matter.

If it's clean, it's clean. Staining is usually just a pigment change.

I guess it's about like tasting a washed white shirt with a ketchup stain and expecting to taste ketchup. Nope just normal cotton flavor! :-)

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