Everything you know about cleaning a beer glass is wrong. Forget dishwashing detergent, don’t touch the dishwasher, and never use a towel to dry your beer glass. No matter what type of glass you are using to consume your favorite liquid, clean glassware is the first thing you need to enjoy a beer the way it was meant to be tasted.
Do you see all of those little bubbles attached to the inside of your glass? That is not a good thing. Those bubbles are alerting you that there is some foreign substance in the glass. It could be soap, food particles, oils from your fingers, or something more sinister. If you see bubbles, your glass is most likely not clean. Here is the best way we found to clean your beer glass to drink your favorite beer.
Tools and Supplies
- 2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Tsp Salt (Table salt worked the best)
- 4 Tsp Water
- Small Rubber Spatula
- Bottle Brush
- Drying Rack
In a small bowl, mix the baking soda, salt, and water to form a paste. Next, use a small spatula to coat the inside of the glass. Once the glass is coated, use the bottle brush to scrub the glass making sure the bristles have touched all the surface area inside the glass. Rinse the glass with cool, filtered water. Unfiltered water can leave a film on the glass from the minerals that are contained in it. Lastly, let it air dry on a drying rack, do not use a towel of any sort as it can leave fibers on the glass.
If you want to see if your glass is really clean, you can take a damp glass and sprinkle a bit of salt on it. If the salt sticks to the side of the glass your glass is clean.
Why go through all of this to drink a beer? Think of a clean glass as an ingredient. Using the wrong ingredient in a recipe could completely change, if not ruin, the recipe. This simple solution will allow you to taste all of the nuances of the beer and enjoy the liquid as the brewer intended.
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