Beer hacks

3 Beer Tricks

Sometimes it's best to go back to basics. We take a look at three beer tips that might come in handy this season

Cool me down 

No one likes warm beer. If you need cold beer pronto, simply wrap the bottle in wet paper towels and put it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Only use this method for beer you're planning to drink straight away – beer and freezers don't always get along (your beer might explode if left in too long). 

DIY Beer Opener 

The time between cracking open a cold one and taking that first sip can be less than 30 seconds. Unless, of course, you're frantically trying to track down a bottle opener that's gone walkabout. The next time this inconvenient moment reappears, reach for one of these alternative openers:

  • A lighter: The cheaper the lighter, the better (scratches may ensue). Place the bottom end of the lighter under the bottle cap, hold the bottle neck firmly and push down, sending the cap flying. 
  • A piece of paper: Fold the paper until the folded edge is strong and sturdy. Place the edge under the bottle cap and push upward.
  • Another bottle: If you've got another brew handy or drinking with mates, this method might be for you. Simply grab another bottle and place its cap under the ridge of the other bottle's cap. Pull down on the top bottle and the cap of the other should pop off.
  • A key: This last one is a bit niggly. Grip the beer with your non-dominant hand and place a standard key under the cap. Use the key to force out one of the ridges, turn the bottle slightly and repeat. Once there is a big enough hole, slip the long side of the key under the cap and flick it off. 

Perfect pour

Struggling to get that foam head? Nail it with these three simple tips:  

  1. Start with a clean-as-can-be glass. Dirty glasses contain oils and residue of the last beer, which can affect the flavours and ability to form a frothy head. 
  2. Tilt the glass at a 45° angle and pour the beer in slowly. 
  3. Once the beer is half-way in the glass, straighten up the glass and continue to pour. This will allow more oxygen to enter the beer, creating bubbles, which are key to a perfect foam head. An ideal head should be 2.5-3.5cm. 

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