Tuesday Beer Trivia: Beer Service Pt. 2

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Test yourself on beer service in this week’s Tuesday Beer Trivia.

Maintaining clean draught lines is key to making sure that your homebrew flavors are preserved just the way you intended. Secondary to that is knowing proper beer serving and pouring techniques so that your homebrewed beer gets the respect it deserves! Learn a little bit about beer service in this week’s Tuesday Beer Trivia.

After you take the Beer Trivia quiz below, scroll down to “Beer Trivia Answer Explanations” section to learn more about beer service.

Beer Trivia Answer Explanations

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The following explanations were taken from the Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Manual.

Question 1: You want to hold the glass at 45° so that the beer will initially flow down the side of the glass. To prevent the transfer of bacteria, in no instance should the faucet nozzle touch the inside of the glass.

Question 2: One of the tests for ensuring that glassware has been cleaned properly is the formation of lacing on the glass. If the glass is not properly cleaned, foam will adhere in a random pattern, or may not adhere at all.

Question 3: If you keep your draught system well-maintained (routine cleaning every two weeks), you should only have to do an acid cleaning every 3 months.

Question 4: Two percent (2%) is the recommended concentration, but if you are cleaning older or more problematic lines, 3% is recommended. Contact your chemical manufacturer to determine how much chemical is needed to achieve these recommended concentrations.

Question 5: False. Frozen glassware is NOT a recommended presentation for draught beer. Not only do frozen glasses make beer aromatics more difficult to detect, but freezing the glass can also leave residual water or sanitizer on the glassware.