Benefits of Using Manual Dishwashing For Beer Glasses

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Remember the show “Cheers”? The bartender wipes each glass with a bar towel, leading us to believe that’s how beer glasses are supposed to be cleaned. But, this is wrong. Mostly because of the dirt and grime that gathers on the towel after wiping down the bar top transfers to the beer glass. 

When it comes to serving the perfect pint of draft beer, a clean glass just isn’t good enough. What you really need is to make sure that you are serving your beer in “beer clean” glassware.

What is “Beer Clean”?

Beer clean is an industry term describing a glass that is free of any impurities that would give CO2 a place to cling to, ensuring the beer looks and tastes its best. The Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Manual (DBQM) defines a beer clean glass as one that, “Forms a proper foam head, allows lacing during consumption, and never shows patches of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass in the liquid beer.”

How To Get “Beer Clean” Glasses

According to the Draught Beer Quality Manual, there are two acceptable and effective ways to clean your glassware for guaranteed beer clean results: manually washing in a three-tub sink or using a dedicated automatic glass washer.

For manual cleaning, it’s important to clean sinks and work areas prior to cleaning the glassware. First, clean the glass in hot water with an oil-free detergent. Avoid emptying water from the glass into the cleaning water so as not to dilute the cleaning solution. 

Second, scrub the entire glass (interior, exterior surfaces, and the bottom of glass) with a cleaning brush to remove film and residue. Use motorized cleaning brushes for a more thorough washing. Then, rinse the glasses in cold water. Finally, sanitize the glass in the third sink filled with hot water and a beer clean sanitizer. 

If using a glass washing machine, reserve this machine for beer glassware. Wash glasses at a hot temperature (between 130ºF and 140ºF) and use the correct detergent, sanitizing, and/or rinsing agents.  Check concentrations on a daily basis and regularly service the machine to maintain optimal performance.

Maintain proper levels of soap and sanitizer during a busy shift. 

Ensure brushes are the correct length for the glassware that you are cleaning and keep them in good shape.

Wash, rinse, sanitize, and repeat. Air dry the glassware to let the sanitizer do its job.


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