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Old 10-31-2009, 11:35 PM   #1
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i know there is a faq or tut or something, i just can't find it. searching glassware is a horrible idea because it comes up with carboys galore. My question is 2fold. first where is there the information for proper glassware for each beer style? Second, what is the best way to go about making your barware "beerclean" for the picture perfect pours? I don't have the crazy brush system so i was wondering if there is something i can do at home to keep my barwear/glasswear beer ready. thanks in advance.

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Old 11-01-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:08 AM   #3
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I wash my beer glasses with warm water and a dish sponge (no soap), dunk in StarSan and leave them wet for a few minutes, then rinse in water.

A few of them have made it into the dishwasher by mistake, and I haven't noticed any head retention problems or anything with them. But I don't use JetDry in my dishwasher.

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Old 11-01-2009, 03:05 AM   #4
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I think I read somewhere you can scrub the inside of the glass with salt to eliminate the effect dish detergent has on the head.

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Old 11-10-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
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I'm planning a brew party with some friends to try my first batch (I'll check myself before the actual day).

I've read that dishwashing liquid will kill the head retention although some of the comments above says otherwise.

How do you guys clean your glassware on a regular basis? Water and starsans would work but I'm wondering if there are better methods.

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Old 11-10-2009, 04:45 PM   #6
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I don't have much of an issue with head retention, and I use a dishwasher with no Drying Agents. (I don't run my nice, branded, glasses through, I learned the hard way when my Alaskan Brewing Company logos started coming off).

I've heard something about using vinegar to help aid your head retention, but that's the extent of my knowledge on it.

As far as the proper glassware by style of beer, I use BeerAdvocate.com (Glassware for Beer)

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:12 PM   #7
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If you only need to wash a few, baking soda works great. Your beer will lace like mad. I never use dish soap on my beer glasses. For a large amount of cleaning, I will fill the sink up and let them soak in a scoop of oxyclean, it works great as well.

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:22 PM   #9
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I wash mine in the dishwasher and also have not noticed any effects on the head. Of course, I'm the only one drinking the beer who knows anything about beer. Most of my buddies would prefer no head. They've been conditioned to think foam is a bad thing.

I suppose I haven't gotten to the level of beer snobbery where I need to buy custom cleaners or take extra time with my glassware. If it tastes great...who cares about head? The only way it matters is if you're entering it into comps and in that case...they probably have the glassware covered.

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Old 11-10-2009, 05:46 PM   #10
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i do a 2-3 step process now and it has paid off hugely in taste, presentation, and aroma.

first, rinse with HOT water and using a glassware brush i do the first washing with vinegar. after that i rinse well and go to salt, then i rinse and use baking soda. Followed by a GOOD rinse of hot water.

put it on a on the sink dish rack upside down and let air dry. If it has water spots or streaks i redo it. I may be anal about how i do it, but i get great head now, i get awesome presentation, and if i am going to go through the effort of making/buying a well made craft beer with thought put into the flavors then darn it, i want to do everything i can to bring them out! Just my 2 cents. friends call me a snob now, but atleast i enjoy the beer how i want to now.

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