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Proper Beer Glasses

As I have mentioned before, I am always reading articles about my craft of wine making and beer brewing. Read this article by David Ackley about the use of the proper beer glasses. Decide to past this information along. Will add link to full article at the end of this post.

Proper beer glassware enhances the positive aspects of your homebrew, with different types of beer glasses highlighting different qualities.

So what are some of the different beer glass types and their uses? Below we’ve put together a somewhat comprehensive list of the glasses you’ll run across when drinking your brews. This is a menagerie of glasses that you may want to consider having on hand when serving you your own homebrews.
Proper beer glassware enhances the positive aspects of your homebrew

GobletGoblet – Ideal for Belgian ales and Berliner weiss, the goblet features a wide mouth for easy access to the beer’s complex flavors and a structure that supports head retention.

FluteFlute – A flute is a narrow beer glass that tapers towards the bottom. The shape gives the viewer a good look at carbonation and helps release the pleasing aromas of gueze, lambic, swarzbier, and Vienna lager.

PilsnerPilsner – The pilsner glass is similar to the flute, but it has a wider mouth. The change in shape showcases color, supports head, and encourages aromatics of – not surprisingly – pilsners, but also blonde ales, bocks, and witbier.

Pint Glass Pint Glass – Of all the beer glass types, this is the all-around go-to glass. It is versatile as it is common and is ideal for many of your favorite beers, including amber ale, altbier, English bitter, brown ale, IPA, porter, and pumpkin beer.

SnifterSnifter – The snifter, just like what you would use for brandy or cognac, is a smaller version of a goblet with a lip that turns inward, capturing desirable aromatics. Snifters are smaller than most other glasses, making them a good fit when drinking higher gravity beers. Use a snifter when enjoying barley wine, Belgian dark strong ale, double IPAs, imperial stouts, and tripels.

StangeStange- A strange is a relatively narrow beer glass type with no taper.It concentrates aromas into a narrow channel and gives the drinker a good look at the beer. Stange glasses are appropriate for a number of styles, including altbier, bock, lambic, and rye beer.

Stein Stein – In German, “Stein” means stone. For years prior to the widespread use of glass, these large mugs were made of stone. Go to Germany today and ask for a “Mass stein” – they’ll give you a full liter of suds. Steins work great for Oktoberfestbier.

TulipTulip – The tulip is one of the great all- around beer glass types for evaluating your homebrew. The glass’s shape gives a good sense of color, enhances aromas, and holds a big head. The tulip works especially well for saisons and other Belgian styles.

Weizen GlassWeizen Glass – The weizen glass is designed for wheat beers. Its size allows for a large serving of the refreshing beer and a big, wheaty head while also helping to enhance aromas. Use a Weizen glass for all types of wheat beer.

Don’t get to hung up on using the “proper” glass for your beer-just make sure you are enjoying the fruits of your labor 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed this blog–now will have to find one on Wine Glasses !

Happy Sipping!


Figuring Alcohol %

Ever  wonder what the alcohol % was in your home crafted wine and/or beer?  Well I have, so I set out to learn more about it. What I learned on this voyage was somewhat amazing. There are very professional formulas that involve air temperatures and etc ( very scientific). But I wanted something simple, some formula to give me a close, general idea of how much alcohol was in the product I was drinking and making.
There are online calculators simple and professional types. I will put in some links of places I have been, please check them out.
Some general information for you is that the average wine alcohol content is 11-15%. And for beer is it 5-6%. But please not that these numbers can vary on the style and type of wine or beer you are making.
There are a few abbreviation that you will need to know.
%ABV = Percentage Alcohol By Volume
OSG = Original Specific Gravity -first reading at the time of making wine must or beer wort
FSG = Final Specific Gravity- last reading before bottling.
* Special note: I take a reading at each step. This tells me if everything is on track or not.

You will need a few pieces of equipment.
Wine Thief – tube to help remove liquid from it’s bucket or carboy
Hydrometer -there are various styles with may more reading available
Hydrometer Test Jar- Place liquid from thief into to take hydrometer reading.

wine Thief
Hydrometer Test Jar

I can continue this conversation but there are better articles that can explain this better than me. At the end of this blog I will link some places for you to visit.

Here are the formulas that I use. They will give you a general idea of what the alcohol % is.

Wine Formula:
%ABV= OSG-FSG  divided by 7.36 multiple by 1000

Beer Formula:
%ABV= (OSG-FSG) multiple by 131.25


Please check these links out- as they have great information.

Happy Sipping