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Old 12-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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I'm new to this forum, as of today, so forgive me if this question seems exhausted. I take pride in the care of my pint glasses at home (I don't use them for anything other than craft beer or water). I just started getting into craft beer and I recently learned about "lacing" and how it relates to proper cleaning. Could anyone tell me the proper way to keep my glasses "Alehouse clean"?

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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The key is to avoid using rinse agents. Ideally, you should wash them by hand. Frankly, though, I find that to be a pain in the tuckus, so I just stick them in the dishwasher. Use a mild detergent.

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I usually just rinse mine really well in hot water right after I'm done drinking from them.

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..... and immediately pour another!

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You know what works great? Every once in a while, do a "saltwater scrub" on your glasses. Just moisten the glass, and sprinkle on some table salt. Scrub well, with your hand, and then rinse well with clear water. It makes such a huge difference, and gets the class "bar clean".

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There are two things that NEVER get put in my dishwasher. One is my good kitchen knives. The other is my beer glasses.

I rinse the glasses immediately after drinking (or as soon after as is practical), and then wash in as hot of water as I can physically stand, followed by a rinse in the hottest water I can get out of my tap. (I live alone, so no kids to worry about, ergo my gas water heater is set a little higher than 'normal'. Direct contact WILL scald flesh.). I rinse long enough to get the glass too hot to handle, and place upside down on a clean flour sack towel while I wash the rest. The heat helps them self-dry, and then any remaining water is dried with a soft towel, and glasses are placed back in the cupboard upside down.

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You know what works great? Every once in a while, do a "saltwater scrub" on your glasses. Just moisten the glass, and sprinkle on some table salt. Scrub well, with your hand, and then rinse well with clear water. It makes such a huge difference, and gets the class "bar clean".
I do this all the time. I usually just rinse the glasses and put them off to the side on the counter til I have 2-3, the grab the salt water and a bottle brush and go to town.
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There are two things that NEVER get put in my dishwasher. One is my good kitchen knives. The other is my beer glasses.

I rinse the glasses immediately after drinking (or as soon after as is practical), and then wash in as hot of water as I can physically stand, followed by a rinse in the hottest water I can get out of my tap. (I live alone, so no kids to worry about, ergo my gas water heater is set a little higher than 'normal'. Direct contact WILL scald flesh.). I rinse long enough to get the glass too hot to handle, and place upside down on a clean flour sack towel while I wash the rest. The heat helps them self-dry, and then any remaining water is dried with a soft towel, and glasses are placed back in the cupboard upside down.
Oh, yes, my hot tap water is HOT. I don't have children at home, and my tap water approaches 150 degrees! We're talking scalding hot!
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I generally wipe them with a sponge that has had detergent in it, and rinse thoroughly with clean hot (not scalding) water.

However you clean your glasses, you need to make sure you rinse off any detergent. Detergent kills the head.

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