We just received some great feedback from Don T in western Canada. He said "First attempt with Harp's Lager and Guinness resulted in a perfect pour. Thank you." That made my day. Don then shared two nice pictures to prove it. Thanks Don!
Both of these are almost guaranteed to work because of the density difference between the two layers.
It has been a while since I posted but, rest assured, I've still been busy trying different black and tan combinations over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. Many combos didn't work so I was forced to drink them as punishment. Here are pictures of my successes. Some of them worked out really well with fantastic layer separation.
Well, St Patrick's day celebrations are over. Hope everyone tried some green beer!
I'd been trying some various layered beer combos. Many of them didn't work out and mixed, but through perseverance and a bit of luck, I landed some good ones. See pics below.
I'm always on the lookout for different beer glasses to try black 'n tans with. A few weeks ago I found a goblet style glass on Amazon at a reasonable price. The tool didn't really fit the smaller opening and it actually sat on the diagonal part. It formed a good seal around the rim and when I first started pouring the Guinness it wouldn't drip down because no air could escape. Once I lift the tool slightly the Guinness started to flow and a decent layer was created. It didn't turn out as good as I had hoped so I'll be trying the glass again.
We've all seen green beer traditionally served on St. Patrick's day. With the celebration fast approaching (Thursday, March 17 this year), I decided some green beer practice was in order. I picked up a small bottle of green food dye at the local grocery store (found it in the spice section, ~$2-$3) and tried it. Here are some pictures of the great results.
With about half a beer needed for the bottom layer, only 1 or 2 drops of dye are needed in the glass before the bottom layer beer is poured in. The dye will mix with the beer to create a nice green coloring. Then you simply use the layering tool to pour in the top layer beer.
When pouring a green on top combination, I had to mix the dye with the beer while it was still in the bottle.
HAVE A GREAT ST PATTY'S DAY!!
A few weeks ago we showed some beer layering attempts with Stella Artois. It worked pretty well as a top layer beer. Given that there is no such thing as a bad Belgian beer, I decided to try another classic, Leffe Blonde. The first attempt of pouring it over Rahr Ugly Pug Black Lager was a failure. The Leffe mixed into the black lager straight away so no layer formed as expected. I had assumed that the Leffe would be light like the Stella. I had also forgotten that the Rahr black lager is also relatively light. So, after forcing myself to drink the mistake, I tried the Leffe on the bottom. Well, it turned out great! After that I was on a roll. See the pictures below.
Don't you think it's time for a couple of beers? Here are some black and tan pictures from over the summer.
Here are some really nice layered beer pictures sent in from Bob H and Brent P. Check 'em out. If you have pictures of your own, please send them in.
If you want to try some different black and tan combinations, picking up some Shiner beer from the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner TX can really help. Here are 28 pictures showing Shiner beers used together and with other brews for some great layering recipes.
Lucas emailed us recently to say he was very disappointed. He had just purchased “the perfect black and tan tool” and told us that it didn’t work at all. His family was a big fan of Black Velvets (Guinness over cider) and the Guinness was immediately floating to the bottom. He further said that any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I emailed Lucas back straight away as this was a beer layering emergency! I told him that two things might be happening. One was that he may be using Guinness bottles. Guinness in bottles layer well as a top layer but not as good as the Guinness cans. Two, if the Guinness is dropping straight down into the cider, it probably meant that the cider is less dense than the Guinness. If he tried pouring the cider on top of the Guinness with the tool, it may layer in top. (This would be unusual as all the snake bites we've tried had the cider on the bottom.)
His reply confirmed that he was using bottled Guinness and that he would try the cans. For the cider he was using Magners Irish Cider.
I had never tried Magners before so I bought some 'research samples' at a local beer & wine store. To the side is a picture of the resulting black velvet layered beer drink. It layered well.
Above are come other layered cider & beer combinations we had tried before.
Here is a collection of great layered beer pictures showing both dark-on-top and dark-on-bottom combinations. See, you don't need Guinness to make a beautiful layered beer!
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