Effect of vessel wettability on the foamability of "ideal" surfactants and "real-world" beer heads

Hamlett, CAE, Wallis, JD ORCID: 0000-0001-7259-8783, Pugh, RJ and Fairhurst, DJ ORCID: 0000-0001-5311-0762, 2015. Effect of vessel wettability on the foamability of "ideal" surfactants and "real-world" beer heads. Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 73 (3), pp. 280-286. ISSN 0361-0470


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The ability to tailor the foaming properties of a solution by controlling its chemical composition is highly desirable and has been the subject of extensive research driven by a range of applications. However, the control of foams by varying the wettability of the foaming vessel has been less widely reported. This work investigates the effect of the wettability of the side walls of vessels used for the in situ generation of foam by shaking aqueous solutions of three different types of model surfactant systems (non-ionic, anionic and cationic surfactants) along with four different beers (Guinness Original, Banks’s Bitter, Bass No 1 and Harvest Pale). We found that hydrophilic vials increased the foamability only for the three model systems but increased foam stability for all foams except the model cationic system. We then compared stability of beer foams produced by shaking and pouring and demonstrated weak qualitative agreement between both foam methods. We also showed how wettability of the glass controls bubble nucleation for beers and champagne and used this effect to control exactly where bubbles form using simple wettability patterns.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists
Creators: Hamlett, C.A.E., Wallis, J.D., Pugh, R.J. and Fairhurst, D.J.
Publisher: American Society of Brewing Chemists
Place of Publication: St. Paul, MN
Date: 2015
Volume: 73
Number: 3
ISSN: 0361-0470
Rights: © 2015 American Society of Brewing Chemists.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9054

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