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Old 02-01-2013, 05:42 AM   #1
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Does anyone else obsess over this. After reading up on somethings I've recently decided to take matters in my own hands at home, I've always thought I kept my beer glasses clean but boy was I wrong. I did the salt test on it and failed miserably, which would explain why my lacing stank on my homebrew.

Anyway for the last day or so I've been putting Easy Clean in my glasses at various points. I got the idea from the need of something that's low suds (no suds FTW) and and odorless. While not 100% odorless it's pretty dang close. They sell stuff that like the bars use but it's expensive like 35 bucks for 8 pounds of it. I figure easy clean should in theory both clean and sanitize the glasses with over 30 minutes of contact time. I'm gonna experiment with this because Easy Clean I can get a 5 pound bucked for 14 bucks and that's more reasonable if it gives me great long term results (because of sanitation) If not I'll bit the bullet and get the Beer Clean Glass Cleaner things and then go with a 3 step system (cleaner and scrub, then cold water, than sanitizer which I'd just use Star San)

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:54 AM   #2
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I just use the dishwasher. I'd rather drink my beer than get all TSA about lacing.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:58 AM   #3
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All my glasses have logos from stuff I either bought, or got for free from promos and I'd like them to stay as bright and clean as possible.

Once this batch is clean and dry I'll take a shot of my normal glass which was washed in normal dish soap vs my just cleaned in easy clean glasses.

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hot water and nothing but.

although once in a while I'll use the pink powder sanitizer on them.

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I just use the dishwasher and I get good head retention and nice lacing.

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This is an extreme example for shock value but these are 2 similar aged glasses both around 3 years old. Only I cleaned with normal detergent (also think we have hard water which doesn't help, yes I know I should know the water chem of my place but I haven't gotten there yet)

But the glass on the right I just cleaned in the easy clean and the one on the left has what would be my guess as hard water and detergent film.



Now again this was more for shock value most of my glasses don't look like that, but I'm trying to get a much better clean. I'm still not 100% happy with the current clean since the glass is still holding some water droplets when air drying which will potentially create some problem areas but I'll live with it for now.

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I just hand wash them before and after a session. Just hot water. They are crystal clear. If anything, I'd get a breath mat for underneath the glasses to let them air dry upside down

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I have been washing mine in the dishwasher, don't use those fancy soap tablets. Just use regular old powdered dishwasher soap. Replace the jet dry with white vinegar(tip I learned here on HBT) and you get spotless glasses with no head retention problems.

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Im curious to know how you guys think bars clean their glassware.

spoiler: they run them through a dishwasher

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Im curious to know how you guys think bars clean their glassware.

spoiler: they run them through a dishwasher
Not exactly.

The ones that I know of that use a dishwasher all have spotty glasses and residue.

Some use a glass washer usually located under the bar that uses light detergent and then steams the glasses for a spotless finish.

Others have a triple hand wash sink which IMO works best.
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