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Is Your Glassware Really Beer Clean?

Is Your Glassware Really Beer Clean?

You've grabbed that beer from the fridge and found the perfect glass, but is it really "beer clean"?

Here's how you can tell if your beer glass is really a beer clean glass…

A beer clean glass should be free of soil and free of oil. Soil is dirt that is visible on the glass such as lipstick or dust and oil (not visible) is from fat products like coffee or food. These oils are left on the glass when it hasn't been cleaned correctly with one of the recommended professional cleaning methods.

Signs of a dirty glass are:

1. Lipstick or visable marks

2. Bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass, bubbles can’t stick to glass so if they are there it’s because there’s an oily residue for them to cling too

3. Poor head retention, the foam disappears faster in a dirty glass

Signs of a clean glass are:

1. Lacing, a clean glass will leave visible lacing that coats the inside of the glass as the beer is consumed

2. Good head retention, shape and size

3. A visibly clean surface

We can’t expect to get these kind of results at home as we don’t have the correct equipment but here’s a tip to try and keep your glassware as ‘beer clean’ as possible…

Keep a separate cleaning sponge to clean your glassware, this will reduce the chance of any oily, fat residue transferring onto your glass from plates and cups etc.

So there you have it! 

A few easy things to look out for next time you order your favourite beer!

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