In a properly cleaned glass, beer should produce a 1/2" to 1" tall head. This means you would only need to fill a 16 oz. glass with 14 oz. of beer, translating to more glasses per barrel and more profit for you! To achieve the best beer service possible, make sure you have an effective bar glass cleaner and warewashing process.
Pouring a perfect beer doesn't start with your draft. It starts with a clean glass. If the glass is dirty, it can make your beer go flat quickly and lose its distinct aroma. Plus, it inhibits you from having a 1/2" to 1" thick head on top, ultimately wasting product.
To achieve the perfect pour, your glass needs to be "beer clean." This industry term means that it's clean from impurities that give C02 a place to cling to. Once the spots are removed, the beer can pour better for its best look and taste.
A standard half barrel keg with 15.5 gallons of beer should yield approximately:
However, with a proper cleaner and washing system, you'd only need to pour 14 oz. into a 16 oz. glass because of how the product head is forming. This could give you up to 18 more glasses per keg. If you're not seeing results like this in your bar, it may be time to take a look at your cleaning process.
Bar glass detergent is specifically made for quick and easy cleaning thanks to its concentrated formulation. It can remove stains (like lipstick) with ease, but also get rid of other less visible stains such as grease-based residue.
Regular glass cleaner should only be used with manual glass washing brushes for best results. Plus, this detergent is specially made to rinse completely and leave your glass crystal clear and free of any soap residue.
If you're going to use an electric glass washing brush, be sure to pick a low suds cleaner. It offers the same benefits as regular bar glass detergent, but the low sudsing formula is more friendly for use with an electric brush system.
It's important in any warewashing system to use a good sanitizer after washing and rinsing your items, so you can rid them of bacteria that cause infections. For proper sanitizing, be sure to use water heated to at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. When used properly, your sanitizer can also meet the Federal sanitation guidelines so your kitchen is compliant.
If you're worried about appearance, the Noble Chemical Last Call liquid sanitizer packet is a great option. Its special formula makes glassware shine while sanitizing your glassware to rid it of any dangerous bacteria.
The best way to keep your glassware clean while drying is to always air dry it. Using a towel can leave lint, odors, and germs on the glass. However if you need to speed up the drying process, you can use a microfiber towel to get the job done and keep your glass clean.
Just make sure you always dry glassware thoroughly so that no mildew is able to grow. Also consider storing your glassware in a spot that has good air circulation and is away from odors, dust, grease, or smoke.
Once you've selected the chemicals you want to use, it's time to create your warewashing system. You should follow directions on your cleaning chemicals for mixing it, however below is a guideline of what your process should look like for a clean beer glass.