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#1 Wurm

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:22 PM

Any special thing I'm supposed to do to pour this? Since the local Irish Pub closed (sad sad day that was) I need a Guinness fix.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:40 PM

The ball in the can is the "widget". IIRC it has a small amount of CO2 that when you open the can it gets released into the beer.

You don't need to do anything special when pouring it into a glass. The "widget" is what will give the Guinness the wavy settling up effect that you get when you pour.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:36 PM

Nitrogen.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 01:55 PM

Well its good thats for damn sure...

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 02:46 PM

Nitrogen.



True. I went to some Guiness event on the USS Intrepid a few years back. Actually about 9 to 10 years ago. They served Guiness all night long and at each dinner table there were these poster boards with facts about the stout. My table said "Guiness is nitrogenous." That's pretty much the only thing I can remember from that night.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:07 PM

The cans still have them but the bottles no longer seem to have the widgets.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:35 PM

The cans still have them but the bottles no longer seem to have the widgets.


That's becasue Guiness in the bottled is meant to be consumed directly from the bottle, not a glass.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 03:50 PM

Bleh, Guinness in a bottle sucks ass.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:45 PM

I still prefer a Guinness in a glass to most other brews.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:50 PM

IIRC, the ball is nothing but a plastic ball. There's no nitrogen in it, however it's surface and the little hole in it does something to mix the nitrogen in the can, and give you that "waterfall" effect.

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http://en.wikipedia....ki/Widget_(beer)

ETA: Yes, Guiness uses Nitrogen in cans, bottles and on tap. That's why it has that smooth creamy mouthfeel. C02 has more bite.

Edited by badwhale, 17 March 2011 - 04:51 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2011 - 05:27 PM


The cans still have them but the bottles no longer seem to have the widgets.


That's becasue Guiness in the bottled is meant to be consumed directly from the bottle, not a glass.


Does that mean when the bottles had widgets in them, I was supposed to pour them out into a glass?

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:51 PM

The cans still have them but the bottles no longer seem to have the widgets.


Depends which bottle, Draught or Stout.

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Edited by tomthirtysix, 17 March 2011 - 07:52 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:09 PM

3/4 Irish I am; but I'ld still take a hoppy IPA over something that taste as smooth as a milkshake. JMHO.

Edited by thinde, 17 March 2011 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2011 - 08:37 PM

I am not a fan...but wanted to celebrate with one today....went to two large stores and both were sold out....really? Not sure how you can't plan for that.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 08:38 AM


The cans still have them but the bottles no longer seem to have the widgets.


Depends which bottle, Draught or Stout.

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What is the difference between the Draught and Stout?




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