Glasswasher – keep it clean

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glass washerNext to keeping your beer lines in good clean condition, glass-washer cleanliness is the next most important.

One of the most neglected pieces of kit in any pub or bar is usually the most important one , your glass-washer. To serve beers in top condition it is essential to have an efficient clean machine that is both regularly maintained and sanitised.

What is the point of all the effort of brewers producing and delivering beer and you also having to pay your hard earned profit to buy it, only for it to be served in a grotty glass. It just doesn’t look poor ,with no head or lacing but it is affecting your profit margins.

People are said to drink with their eyes, so bearing this in mind would you be likely to have another pint if the first was like a cup of of cold tea….I think not.

So here is a plea on behalf of your neglected old friend the glasswasher.

Firstly it will not last for ever, if it is old knackered and past it,then get rid of it, a new one will soon pay for itself.

Secondly treat your glass-washer with the respect it deserves, have it regularly serviced, and the dosing rates of detergent and rinse aid checked. Too much of either can affect your glasses dramatically.

Thirdly, clean it out regularly.

Cleaning a glass-washer is simple and does not take very long. Check your owners manual for the correct instructions. If you do not have an operators manual then just use your common sense. Use an old toothbrush and clean out all the acrued dirt. Give it a good hot rinse and then put it through a couple of cycles using a suitable sanitiser.

Lastly do not forget a glass-washer is for glasses only and not for coffee cups, dishes,

or glasses that have been used to serve creamy liqueurs such as Baileys, wash these in a separate sink.

Treat your glass-washer like a friend it will save you money.

15 COMMENTS

  1. We drink in a bar where the bar staff renovate the glass in the sink why not in the machine I don’t know, does this make any difference to the lager as we always seem to have flat lager. Please help we need a nice pint of lager.

  2. Hello Collin, Flat lager can be caused by many things from not properly Renovating, the glass has been over Renovated and has become damaged (Renovating too often makes a glass overclean and can damage the surface and the head keeper).

    If they are using the wrong detergent and rinse aid for glasswashing then this can also have an impact.

    You are right though that Renovate can be used in machines as well as in the sink.

    Away from the glass they could have an issue with their gas system.

    I would suggest they get a cellar tech to check everything out.

  3. My glass washer is a swine to clean. So many nooks n crannys it builds up so quick. I want to replace but what can I replace it for? How can you just find a system with an open box that you push glasses into with jets too and bottom. My one has corners behind corners!! Rubbish

  4. We have the Eco 2 at my work and it has been neglected before I took over cleaning duties. I’ve tried to clean it to the best of my ability in the time I’ve had, but every time I do, it dislodges dirt which ends up on the glasses in washing. How do I give it a full clean without it leaving this black stuff all over the glasses??

    • Speaking from experience it’s best to run the machine cycle and empty it out at least twice before washing glasses in the machine again after cleaning, this washes and empties the dirt that get’s loose after cleaning. It takes me a while to clean the machine properly and run the cycle a couple of times.

  5. The heating element of our glasswasher is covered with a spikey crystalline substance that looks like limescale but isn’t (hot vinegar does nothing to it). Does anyone know what it is, and how to remove it? Thanks.

    (Good article, also. I freaking hate dirty glasses.)

    • Like the heating element in your electric kettle, heating elements will attract scale over a period. Provided you clean the glass washer regularly I don’t think it is an issue. I wouldn’t try and scrape it off it would probably damage the element.
      Some people might suggest a proprietary dishwasher descaler but I wouldn’t like to try that. Perhaps one of our Chemically minded subscribers could make a recommendation to resolve your problem. Thanks for the nice comment.

      • I have had this issue in the past, the best solution I have found is professional descaler, it’s generally phosphoric acid (same as consumer descaler) but cheaper. Works a treat for us, put it in to the water tank once hot, leave for about 5-10 mins and run 1 cycle, drain then wipe element clean should look like new after

  6. Can you put driptrays and beer runners through the dishwasher..we had an engineer out last week and he said we shouldn’t..but we have been doing it for the last 14 years without a problem

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