Barleypopmaker's Beer Blog

~I know you drank the beer, but did you experience it?

Barleypopmaker's Beer Blog - ~I know you drank the beer, but did you experience it?

New Product: FermentArmour

Normally I only like to post items on my blog that I actually get to use or to test, but this one I am making an exception for. I took a look at this product and thought based on the price and it’s uses it may come in handy for those brewers using carboys. Unfortunately, I don’t have carboys to purchase and test this out on and I don’t want to purchase carboys simply for testing. The FermentArmor is more than just a carboy carrier, it’s also a light shield, and a temperature insulator from ambient swings. But take a look below at the information provided by the creator and their kickstarter page.  I will also mention that I am not being compensated for posting this, this is honestly just something I thought many of you would find useful, and it’s nice to get on the front side of a kickstarter sometimes.

Check out the FermentArmour by Clicking the image above!

Anyone who brews naturally has a creative side. It shows up not only in the unique recipes they create, but also in the equipment they use. But the one thing every brewer has in common is that they’ll do anything they can to keep light away from their beer, but they don’t always do it effectively. I myself used cardboard boxes for a long time, which just wasn’t that great to look at and didn’t keep my brew in total darkness.

So I created the FermentArmour Brewing Sleeve, a product now being sold on Kickstarter. FermentArmour will protect your carboy from harmful light in a way that makes you look more like a professional brewmaster than a mad scientist. It’s made of the same quality fabric as wetsuits, and its two short handles make it easy to carry around when needed. It also looks damn sexy — well, as sexy as a glass carboy can get. The fabric itself helps regulate the temperature of your beer, making sure that it never gets too hot or too cold as the temperature of the room changes.

If you like what you’re hearing, please support my Kickstarter campaign by purchasing a FermentArmour. If you have any comments or feedback, I would be happy to discuss them with you, just message me at

To view the Kickstarter campaign, click on the link HERE.


Beer Clean Glasses at Home

You get a great example of a beer clean glass when you hit the Brass Tap in Milwaukee.

Sometimes aesthetics matter. It may not influence your taste or how the aroma of the beer hits your nose, but there is no denying that there is something to be said of a beautifully poured beer. We take pictures of them and share them on untapped or with our beer geek friends. But have you ever noticed that sometimes you go to a nice tap room and the beer in the glass just looks so smooth and beautiful and when you pour it at home the glass looks a bit like a hot mess? The difference is beer clean glasses. Oils, detergents, and dirt in your glass lead to bubbles that look like this. But try as you might, by rinsing your glass or washing it thoroughly you still have the bubbles of the shame. I have great news for you, having beer clean glasses at home is a snap. All you need is a clean rag with no detergent on it, and table salt. That’s it.

So here is an example of a non-beer clean glass from my collection. As you can see the beer itself looks OK, and honestly it tasted pretty good too. But all of those bubbles clinging to side don’t really do the beer justice. A beer honestly looks better when it fills glass with all it’s color and beauty, without the bubbles. I know it’s carbonated. I don’t need to see it clinging to the sides.

So all you need to do is follow the simple steps below, and you will have tap-room quality beers worthy of all those untapped pictures.

  1. Wet the inside of a glass with regular water, empty the glass and pour in table salt. Then swirl the glass around coating the inside of the glass with salt. Everywhere it sticks, is where the glass is clean. Where it doesn’t, is where you have oil, dirt, or detergent which will create nucleation points in the beer causing bubbles on the sides.

    Here you can see what appear to be fingerprints of some sort inside the glass. These were not visible until I added the salt.


  2. Next take a clean and detergent free cloth ( I use paper towels, they work too) and scrub the inside of the glass with the salt you poured in.

    Just scrubbing the glass with the moist (yes I said moist), salt with a paper towel.


  3. Then simply rinse, and fill the glass with beer. Boom! Beer clean glass.
  4. Here is a closer look….no bubbles.
  5. OK, OK…..since they looks so nice. Here are a couple more shots of glasses I used the salt trick on. As you notice….no bubbles clinging to the sides. Trust me, this trick works well!

The podcast……come on, you know you want to listen.

Hello everyone, it may seem there have not been a whole lot of posts lately, and that’s true to a point. But if you have not heard we have started a podcast series. Everything is taking off very well and it seems our numbers and listenership is solid and grows monthly. If you have not checked out Brewnology, please do so. We cover mostly topics related to BJCP judging and general beer evaluation, we cover one style from the new 2015 guidelines every show, and we alternate each episode between a  technical brewing topic and a beer flaw. We have 13 episodes out there now and roughly 2 years worth of content planned out. In the near future we plan on doing brewery interviews and other “on location” broadcasts as well. So please join us for this ride. We can be found on iTunes , Stitcher, Spreaker, and on our website (as well as a few other places as well). We are supported by some solid sponsors, namely SS Brew Tech, Grape Grain and Bean Homebrew Supply, Homebrew Talk, and Homebrew Supply. We can be found on Facebook as well, if you are into that or on twitter @Brewnology .

So what sparked this venture? A comment made about my free BJCP prep course that I should start a related podcast. I thought that was a great idea so I thought long and hard about a format. That format being the perspective of a new judge and someone who has been judging a while. I’d fill that veteran judging spot since I have been judging since 2005 and currently am ranked National with the BJCP. I needed to look no further than my own club for the co-host (Dean Wiensch). We already had some great people come in with interest in judging and a good friend of mine just passed the BJCP exam shortly before I thought of this podcast. But why I felt Dean would be the best fit is because he was not only new to judging, but also fairly new to brewing as a whole. I felt this would bring in a great dynamic that would appeal to the both new brewers and judges, as well as people who have been brewing for a long time. So if this sounds interesting to you, give us a listen, drop us some feedback, and best of all……subscribe and/rate us on iTunes or Stitcher. We’d really appreciate it.