How do you keep your glasses clean?

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  1. DEdesign57

    DEdesign57 Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2011 New Jersey

    I have notice a significant lack of lacing and head retention with my glass, problem is I don’t really know the best way to keep them clean. I know I cant use a dish washer and I don’t want to be buying special cleaning detergent just for my beer glasses. So how do you guys keep your glasses clean?
  2. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
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    Wow, I have NEVER heard this one before. Mine goes in the DW probably once a week or so. Other than that, I just rinse it out good after each use and let'er dry.
  3. DEdesign57

    DEdesign57 Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2011 New Jersey

    yea you should not use the dish washer because the detergent contains chemicals that can harm good head retention and lacing and never leaves the glass, beer clean.
  4. peteinSD

    peteinSD Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2010 California

    i have a zero gravity chamber that is light less. the wife and I thought it would be a nice addition to the house. i keep all my glassware and IPAs in there. i cannot understand why anyone would do it any other way.
  5. EseLocoSS

    EseLocoSS Initiate (119) Feb 2, 2010 Illinois
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    Wash by hand with a mild soap and rinse well. Otherwise put them in the dishwasher WITHOUT any soap in it. It will still get them pretty clean with how hot it gets.
  6. cbutova

    cbutova Poo-Bah (3,474) Oct 10, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Mild dish soap, washed by hand. Rinse with hot water followed by a rinse with very cold water. Air dried. I have been pretty much fine since I started with this method.
  7. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,668) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I just use steaming hot water, for the most part..
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  8. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,294) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Yeah, this is my approach as well.
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  9. DmanGTR

    DmanGTR Meyvn (1,143) Feb 19, 2008 New York
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    I've never had an issue using dish soap. The only reason people have issues with residue is simply from inadequate rinsing. I use hot water (ie - turn on the hot water only) to rinse all my glasses, of which I do multiple times, then use either a microfiber cloth or paper towel to dry so it doesn't leave behind any lint.
  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Mine go in the dishwasher, then I take them out and rinse them and let them air dry.
  11. TicoCali

    TicoCali Disciple (350) Jul 25, 2010 California

    Air dry dont leave water spots ?
  12. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Not that I've noticed.
  13. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    A sink, hot water, soap, and my wife behind them all.

    Kidding..if my wife read that she would beat me.
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  14. Bonis

    Bonis Defender (630) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    Hot water, duh. Sometimes I use soap if it has been sitting around and got a bit sticky. Otherwise, I just rinse it out real good with very hot water and let it dry out. I have put them in dishwasher several times. Never had a problem with head retention or lacing, but I will probably refrain to do so in the future due to what you all are saying.
  15. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    i use hot water and soap and rinse like crazy in cold water.... then let air dry... but before i use them i polish with a paper towel inside and out... i started doing this with my scotch glasses and now with any good drinking glass...

    TEAMHOLT Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 California

    If you let them dry rightside-up, probably, but not if you let them dry upside-down.

    You don't need anything fancy at all, it's just a matter of making sure there's nothing inside of your glass other than the drink you pour in it. Get some wash cloths specifically for washing your beer glasses so that no food residues from your standard wash cloth make it onto your good glassware, use plain detergent, dry off the outside, shake out some of the water from the inside, then leave your glasses top-down on a drying mat or cupboard liner.
  17. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New York

    I wash my glasses with a drop of regular liquid dish soap and a glassware dedicate sponge. Nothing fancy, but you should try to avoid washing your glasses with the same sponge that you used to wash your lasagna pan the night before. People who simply rinse their glasses with water and don't use soap are disgusting.
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  18. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    HOT WATER rinse, maybe a lil dish soap depending on the stickiness, followed by hot rinse, cold rinse and dry with paper towel. I don't use the dish washer for them at all.
  19. WillCarrera

    WillCarrera Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2010 Ohio

    ^this. I usually hand wash them with painfully hot water and dish-cleaning soap, I have a separate sponge that I never use for anything except beer glasses. Just use a drop of soap and really apply a lot of pressure to the glass and scrub. Also air dry only since drying with a rag or paper towels will leave fibers or particles in the glass that will wreck your head retention.
  20. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Hand wash with soap and a good rinse in hot water and air dry.
  21. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    oh... i forgot to mention... i like to use mr. clean magic erasers... the regular plain ones, not the ones with detergent... they will rremove any contamination from your glass and leave it squeaky clean:slight_smile:
  22. tyrsis

    tyrsis Disciple (321) Mar 13, 2009 California
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    I typically just use the wife to clean my glasses.
  23. Mavajo

    Mavajo Zealot (572) Feb 10, 2007 Georgia

    There's nothing wrong with using soap. Just rinse thoroughly.
  24. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    You can use the dishwasher. Just use a little less detergent than you otherwise would and don't use heated dry. It'll bake on any residual detergent.
  25. mrhartounian

    mrhartounian Aspirant (206) Nov 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    Never understood why you can't use a dishwasher. Mine come out just fine and the beer tastes the same.
  26. shawnp

    shawnp Aspirant (240) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
    ¡Bad Trader! Beer Trader

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  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    It is not just the detergent that is potentially harmful when washing your glasses in a dishwasher. The jostling around can damage thin walled glasses, the graphic also tend to wash off over time. Food residue and fats from other dishes can potentially be transferred to the glassware as well.

    Detergent in general is a highly debated topic. The Brewers Associate suggests avoiding Fat or Oil based detergents, which eliminates most you will find in your grocery store.

    I handwash my glasses using very little detergent. I will either air dry or use coffee filters to dry the glasses. Works just fine for me.
  28. Crazyale

    Crazyale Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 Virginia

    I would probably use the dishwasher as well, but the majority of my glasses have logos which would probably be harmed by the dishwasher.
  29. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    The dishwasher is fine for most glasses. It will wear down the logos overtime though, so be careful how long you do it. Thin glassware should be left to hand washing.

    As for hand washing, if the glass sat overnight I just put some soap in the glass and let it run under hot water for a few minutes. I then rinse it with cold water and let it air dry. If you clean it right after your drink, all you should need is hot water and maybe a little soap depending how much lacing the beer left behind.
  30. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Dogfish Head beers are good cleaning agents, because of their high alcohol content.
  31. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

  32. Cresant

    Cresant Poo-Bah (1,746) Apr 25, 2006 Kentucky
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    Hand wash, air dry.
  33. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New York

    To those saying that there's nothing wrong with the dishwasher there are a few things to consider; one is that rinse aids like Jet Dry will destroy head retention, the other is that the detergent generally used in dishwashers can etch glasses over time and/or fade/remove logos. Washing by hand with liquid dish soap is much less harsh on glasses.
  34. stevefinny

    stevefinny Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 New Jersey
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    yeah i do the same thing.
  35. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Lots of hot water. Lots.
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  36. infi

    infi Devotee (446) Apr 4, 2009 New York
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    Just be careful with washing thinner glasses with hot water. The sudden temperature change afterwards will expand the glass and might cause it to crack.
  37. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New York

    Like how much? Like 50 gallons?
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  38. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    I just use a mild dish soap and hot water, working it around with my hands rather than a sponge. Rinse well and air dry upside down.
  39. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    This. Seriously.
  40. Homebrew42

    Homebrew42 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New York

    Do you clean all of your other dishes, utensils, and glasses with just water? Seriously.
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