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HF-cleaned champagne flutes

For the serious drinker
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Champagne is notorious for its bubbles.

These bubbles arise when dissolved CO2 in the liquid reacts with condensation nucleii - in other words, contamination - on the surface of the receptacle.

As a consequence, the champagne goes flat, losing some of its attraction.

But now, BorgCo Services can clean your champagne flutes with hydrofluoric acid, giving a superclean interior surface*. When champagne is poured into a glass so cleaned, it will not fizz; that effect is delayed until it enters the consumer's mouth, giving a superior quality of experience.

*For a very modest additional charge, BorgCo will ensure that all traces of HF are removed from the glass before returning it to the owner.

8th of 7, Aug 18 2016

vapor deposited lead https://www.newscie...a-mirror-for-atoms/
[Voice, Aug 20 2016]

High Freq Sound Cleaning https://www.youtube...watch?v=YG8K0yl4_hc
Works quite well, obliterates problem entirely. [whatrock, Aug 20 2016]

sabre champagne with a wine glass https://www.youtube...watch?v=-mjD8XLBZfU
for [bs0u0155] [pocmloc, Oct 12 2023]


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       My recollection is that HF will etch glass. Using it to clean glass should result in millions of tiny etched imperfections. The end result will be the same as pouring the champagne into a glass made of Mentos.   

       Which would be a fine prank.
bungston, Aug 18 2016
  

       Somebody has just been watching the QI repeat. We see everything, you know.   

       Incidentally, this will not work, as the esteemed [bungston] has just pointed out.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 18 2016
  

       Isn't a flute without imperfections impossible due to the very state nature of glass and the shape wanted?   

       A vessel with a powerful hydrophobic coating would have a lovely silvery look but would probably go flat quicky.
wjt, Aug 20 2016
  

       I would suggest plasma cleaning, as is sometimes used to clean microscope slides. The surface becomes hydrophilic, I'm not sure what effect that would have on nucleation.
mitxela, Aug 20 2016
  

       // plasma cleaning //   

       Hmmmm.   

       <Sound of Cube weapons systems powering up>   

       <WHACK>   

       Anyone see where that glass went ?   

       Anyone ?   

       Hmmm.   

       Not "plasma" in "plasma directed-energy weapon", then ?
8th of 7, Aug 20 2016
  

       Use high-frequency sound instead and you don't even have to change the title.
the porpoise, Aug 20 2016
  

       Well, yes, but no Proper Bloke would EVER use mere high-frequency sound when there was Hydrofluoric Acid burning a hole in its bottle ...
8th of 7, Aug 20 2016
  

       The solution, shirley, is to take a spare bottle of Krug up to the ISS and let them pour a gob out in microgravity.   

       Actually, that would be a pretty cool experiment to do.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 20 2016
  

       Why not just drink the Hydroflouric? If you do that first, you won't ever have to worry about your champange being short of a few bubbles again. Hydroflouric Acid must be one of THE nastiest liquids on the planet.
xenzag, Aug 20 2016
  

       Shortly behind fermented soy and marmite.
RayfordSteele, Aug 20 2016
  

       And Foster's "lager"*, a beverage** so foul that even a scotchman*** won't drink it out of choice****.   

       *The prosecution under the Trades Descriptions Act is still working its way through the higher courts.   

       **Allegedly.   

       ***The de-facto SI unit of barbarism.   

       ****But will, nonetheless, still drink it in an emergency i.e. all the methylated spirit, metal polish and brake fluid has already gone.
8th of 7, Aug 20 2016
  

       That's strange, [8th], because Fosters is actually produced by Scotchmen. Of course, getting them to hit the opening in the top of the can is difficult.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 20 2016
  

       My guess is, in space, the whole globule surface becomes the open suface. Globule wobble agitates internally dissolved gas which accumulates and bounces it's way to pop through the surface. But I would still like to see it. Maybe the experiment should be done in a sandbox to save on environmental cleanup.
wjt, Aug 21 2016
  

       I thought you could just mechanically machine and polish the inside - down to microscope lens finish.   

       Might cost a bit...
Custardguts, Aug 21 2016
  

       At Panera Bread they have this wonderful sprayer wssher thingy which cinsists of a vertical column that sticks up from the middle of the sink. You place a bowl or cup or mixer ot glass over it, press down on the ring a little, and it spray washes the object surrounding it. Brilliantly simple.   

       At least Scotland had the good sense to vote Bremain.
RayfordSteele, Aug 21 2016
  

       Yeah, there's some variations on that tool for homebrewers, but my wash five hundred bottles days are over.
normzone, Aug 21 2016
  

       I'm surprised at this idea, [8th] strikes me as the kind of chap who would drink champagne straight from the bottle.   

       Though I understand that is not advised if you sabre the bottle. So perhaps there is a rôle for glasses still.   

       [+]
pocmloc, Oct 12 2023
  

       //Hydroflouric Acid must be one of THE nastiest liquids on the planet.//   

       Oh, not even close. Chlorine trifluoride:   

       "It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water—with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals—steel, copper, aluminum, etc.—because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride that protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminum keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.""   

       I have experience with HF, but it's not something to worry about in small amounts and with some precautions. Now, a mix of concentrated sulphuric acid and 30% hydrogen peroxide "Piranha solution" is particularly nasty. It doesn't touch glass, fortunately, but anything organic, it will destroy in a strongly exothermic way. It's what the mythbusters were doing when they were having a go at Breaking Bad myths, particularly the one about dissolving bodies.   

       //Though I understand that is not advised if you sabre the bottle.//   

       Is that supposed to break the glass neck of the bottle? I always assumed it was supposed to be an expedient way of removing the wire/cork and they just missed. I certainly wouldn't intentionally be introducing a fine, edged weapon to glass. Glass is a good bit harder than sword-grade steels.
bs0u0155, Oct 12 2023
  

       [bs0u0155] you break off the neck of the bottle at the thinnest point. Traditionally a cavalry sabre is used, but you can use anything hard, to start the crack. I put a Youtube showing it being done with a wine glass.
pocmloc, Oct 12 2023
  


 

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