Do you use nucleated glasses?

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Do you use nucleated glasses?

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  1. Sep 15, 2019 #1

    kelper

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    These may be called Activator or Head Start. They have a laser-etched pattern on the bottom, to create bubbles and retain head.
     
  2. Sep 15, 2019 #2

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    No I can see just fine thanks :laugh8:
     
  3. Sep 15, 2019 #3

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    I meant for your home brew, not when you're in the pub.
     
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    Do you mean the one,s Carlsberg serve their phis in :laugh8:
     
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    I have a few. The duval has a D etched on the bottom, the delirium tremens glass has an elephant and the affligen two circles, the maredsous glass and brewdog glasses dont have them.
     
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    I asked this question a while back. Nearly all new beer glasses even the craft beer glasses have them. This can play havoc with your home brew if it's over carbonated.
     
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    They are designed to make the head last the full pint but I was lead to believe that they were not used in crafted beer as they effected the aroma of the beer. Not sure if this is true or not
     
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    TIL nucleated glasses are a thing.
     
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    I have a couple from Hertog Jan brewery. But these are 25 cl so I don't always use them. Most of the time either 33 cl glasses from Ikea, or 15 cl glasses from the Bruges Beer Festival. In case you wonder: I use the 15 cl to divide a bottle between my wife and me, mostly of beer we haven't tasted yet.
     
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    I've got a nucleated Flying Dog straight pint glass and a couple of Duvel glasses. The FD glass is great for low carbonation stouts.
     
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    With my last brew the last thing I'd want is glasses that create more head, it was nightmare to pour into a normal pint glass :D
     
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    In the old days we used to do it (in the bar i ran) with scraching bottom of glass with old diamond ring it worked !!!
     
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    I’ve got a special edition Dundee Tennents one that my FiL got through work (he works in procurement for a company that operates hundreds of Spar shops) and I use it for the occasional lager. For rest of my HB I use my Spieglau glasses.
     
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    Upon Googling, I found that I was familiar with nucleation but not nucleated glasses so my answer was "No." It sounds interesting. I wondered if those glasses are more difficult to clean than smooth glasses.
    The effect is similar to using a glass that has tiny food particles or whatnot stuck to the inside which also causes nucleation. I try not to think about it when I get a beer nucleating that isn't supposed to be.
     
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    Never heard of nucleated glasses but I get the same effect from my pewter tankard as I only ever rinse it out rather than washing it. Eventually your beer is so frothy pouring it is difficult and I have to scrub it out.
     
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    I was working on a ship when the Bar Manager complained that the glass washing machine was "overcleaning" the champagne glasses! Passengers were saying the champagne was flat without tasting it! I would drop a raisin in and watch it rise and fall as it attracted bubbles, which burst when it reached the surface, sinking it. It will rise and fall until the champagne is flat. Try with cider if you're a tight wad!
     
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    I have some with and some without, and I choose the glass to suit the brew. If I've over-carbonated I use the non-etched glasses, and if it's a bit flat I use the etched ones.
    I think that I read that head retention is a mixture of carbonation plus protein in the beer that hold the head together. Does that sound right? Sometimes when I use an etched glass the head just grows and grows until I have a tower of foam above the glass.
     
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    I use them for lagers. But I drink mine really highly carbed, so often find that you need a pint glass for 500ml! Otherwise the bugger can overflow.
     
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    I've ordered four 10oz (half pint) glasses to see how they behave. I have 5L and 2L kegs, so I have god control of carbonation, but some beers just look flat!
     

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