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Old 02-18-2009, 12:55 AM   #11
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Some of the upscale bars that I go into around Atlanta have these glass spraying machines that they use before a pour. They'll take a clean glass off the rack, and put it upside down over a spigot that sprays freezing water into it. My guess was that it was just to chill the glass down, but maybe its also to get a decent pour. That way, a busy bartender wont have to wait..pour..wait..pour.. interesting topic..

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Old 02-18-2009, 12:55 AM   #12
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Rinsing can also remove the slick film that fat-based soaps leave behind. Yes, I'm talking about your dishwashing soap. That stuff kills head retention.

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Old 02-18-2009, 01:00 AM   #13
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If I chill my glass in the fridge prior to pouring I dont have this problem.

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Old 02-18-2009, 02:48 AM   #14
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I keep all my beer glasses in the freezer door, problem solved - plus your brew stays cool longer.

If I had to guess at a reason I would say capillary action. As you pour down the side of the glass the liquid "catches" and tumbles, causing it to foam. A wet glass will allow the beer to "slide" down the side more easily. Then again, I could be talking out of my ***.

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Old 02-20-2009, 07:28 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the responses. Glad I am not the only one who figured out how to deal with this.

Do any of the purists here think that pouring into a wet glass is harmful to our hard earned perfect brews?

I don't have room in my freezer or fridge to store glasses so unless someone convinces me otherwise, I will use the "pre-wet glass then pour" technique.

BTW, I have also notice the same effect with soda pop. Pre-wet the glass and the foam head is less so you can get the entire can into the glass without waiting.

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Old 02-20-2009, 08:43 PM   #16
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Some of the upscale bars that I go into around Atlanta have these glass spraying machines that they use before a pour.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:48 PM   #17
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our new catalogs from micromatic all have sprayers in the middle of the drip tray. it says its for a better pour.

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notice the sprayer on the drip tray in between the two taps
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http://www.micromatic.com/images/gal...3-keg_600x.jpg


from the micromatic site
"Industry's first integrated glass rinser. Conditions the glass before pouring - wetting and chilling for an easier pour.
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S is it like motion sense or contiuous spray under the drip tray? any vids of these..*wisks off to youtube.

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