Step 1 - A Beer Clean Glass
When attempting to pour the perfect beer, there are many things to consider. Although it may sound
like the obvious, it is extremely important to start with a clean glass. A “Beer Clean
Glass” is a glass that
is free of any soaps or oils. When soaps are present on a glass, the head and flavor of the beer may beruined. There are 3 simple and easy ways to test the cleanliness of your glass.
Sheeting Test: Dip the glass in water. If the glass is clean, water evenly coats the glass whenlifted out of the water. If the glass still has an invisible film, water will break up into droplets onthe inside surface.2.
Salt Test: Salt sprinkled on the interior of a wet glass will adhere evenly to the clean surface, butwill not adhere to the parts that still contain a greasy film. Poorly cleaned glasses show anuneven distribution of salt.3.
Lacing Test: Fill the glass with beer. If the glass is clean, foam will adhere to the inside of theglass in parallel rings after each sip, forming a lacing pattern. If not properly cleaned foam willadhere in a random pattern, or may not adhere at all (Rabin, 2010).
Sheeting Salt Lacing
CO2 gas inside beer will leave the beer and attach to any film residue left from a detergent, lint, orother foreign objects left on the glass surface.
So again, the importance of a properly cleaned glass isthe first step in pouring the perfect glass of beer.