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What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:55:37 PM »
I mean on your beer, d*mnit!  :)  Seriously, what you use to wash your beer glasses seems to make a big difference in head retention and the look of the pour.  What have you folks found that works good?  I know that Dawn is bad.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 10:28:19 PM »
I run mine on the bottom rack of the dishwasher, nearest the strongest water pressure, using one of the tablets with Jet Dry in it. When the cycle is done I rinse the glasses in the hottest water I can stand and dry with a paper towel. Makes a big difference on head retention.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 11:00:15 PM »
The Cicerone program details how they suggest glasses are to be cleaned and how to test dirty glasses. It was too funky to copy and past, but it's on page 4 of this doc:

http://www.glastender.com/PDF/remote%20beer%20dispensing%20opman.pdf
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 11:36:32 PM »
Hand wash and air dry only for my glasses. I use a bottle brush to scrub them.

We usually run the dishwasher before bed or work and by the time we get to emptying it my glasses occasionally pick up some funky smells. I don't chance it any more.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 12:58:57 AM »
Lots of very hot water.  I usually rinse my beer glasses several times in the sink with hot water immediately after use.  Then just prior to use, I rinse in the sink again a couple of times, this time with cool water.  Unless there's something sticky that needs better cleaning, I usually just do the hot rinse and don't use soap.  At least for my own use.  If I were serving friends then I would pull clean glassware out of the cabinet and do the cool rinse thing immediately before serving to remove any possibility of soapy residue.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2015, 01:51:42 AM »
Regular "quaffing" barware gets put through the dishwasher, all the good glassware gets hand washed with hot water and baking soda.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2015, 06:10:18 AM »
I keg so I can adjust my head.... But I used to use pbw, extra hot rinse water, then star-San sanitize

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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2015, 02:11:12 PM »
How about something simple like Bartender's Friend or a similar wash...?  Cheap, easy, and works great.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2015, 03:13:51 PM »
I have found a basic salt scrub works exceptionally well. Simply wet a clean sponge, sprinkle a little table salt on it and scrub the inside of the glass, rinse with hot water, dry and pour.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2015, 01:16:06 PM »
I thought JetDry kept lacing from forming on glass?

I try to hand wash all my glasses with hot water and soap. The dishwasher screws up logoed glassware. Also, chips and cracks are more likely from dishwasher. Sometimes they get run through though....

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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2015, 04:45:59 PM »
I have found a basic salt scrub works exceptionally well. Simply wet a clean sponge, sprinkle a little table salt on it and scrub the inside of the glass, rinse with hot water, dry and pour.

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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2015, 04:52:39 PM »
http://brulosophy.com/2014/04/03/the-impact-of-different-glass-cleansers-on-beer-foam/

Good article about just this question

Ok, good info. It never really occurred to me to use Starsan, but I will be trying that next time. I'm all for good foam and lacing.
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Re: What's the best way to clean glassware to get good head?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2015, 01:50:38 AM »
OK.  I think I've figured out why I'm not getting any head.

Yeah, well that TOO...but we're talking about beer here.

We've been washing our dishes in ion exchange softened well water.  TDS about 380.  Mostly salt and a little citric acid.  That's not enough to taste salty, but it's there.  I think that the salt residue on the glassware is killing the head.  If I wash and rinse in tap water and let dry then rinse with RO water from the vending machine (TDS 16) and drain dry, BINGO, great head on the pour and super lacing.
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