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Ear Wax/Beer

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154470.  Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:14 am Reply with quote

I'm sure we could recreate this with another form of wax...

Q: What use does ear wax have?

A: To remove the head off your beer.

On the head of a beer:

The greatest negative effect is the foam destroying effect of oils and fats which become applied to the rim of the glass as a result of food consumption and can destroy the foam in a matter of seconds. Use of clean glasses without the slightest film of fat, exchange of empty glasses with fatty rims, and use of clean polishing cloths are only a few of the conditions needed to ensure good foam stability. Even the smallest traces of fat are harmful. Much work remains to be done to teach innkeepers - and also housewives - how to maintain beer quality

On ear wax:

The lubricative properties arise from the high lipid content of the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. In wet-type cerumen at least, these lipids include cholesterol, squalene, and many long-chain fatty acids and alcohols.


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