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WTF – Sonic Beer Foamer

December 6, 2014

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Ok, so we only asked the question in this video, but we never actually got an answer: guise, let us know what the point of making more beer foam can be. Isn’t it a bad thing? Do people actually like having more foam? We’re not fans of it. Never really have been. There was one Korean beer that had a special foam added to it, which wasn’t the best beer but still aright, but using this machine does not get those results. Guise?

Otherwise, we were thrilled to see what it did to soda, though the foam didn’t stay for long. OMG I just came up with a brilliant use for this! So, you know how when you have a root beer float, there’s so much foam, but then it dies down after a while? I’d imagine this could get you that foam back, right? But, again, who would want that? I’ve never met anyone who likes foam on their drinks. AND ANOTHER THING: I’ve never liked foam on my food, either. Sometimes when you go to a fancy-pants restaurant they give you some meat with a “mushroom foam” or some crap like that on top of the food, and it looks like somebody hocked a frothy loogie all over your food. It never tastes good, and makes me gag a bit.

One last thing: I’m not sure if the mics could pick this up or not, but hooooooo boyyyy does this thing make an awful sound. It’s bad for me, but for Martina it’s terrible. She has a really ultra-sensitive sense of hearing. She can walk into a house and tell you where its security system is located. She’s got dog-hearing, that woman. Well, in one ear at least. Anyhow, this thing and its sonic-ness is really painful to listen to. Sounds almost like a dentist drill, but painfull-er to the ears. DO NOT LIKE.

So that’s it for this week’s WTF! We’ve got a DICKS coming tomorrow, so stay tuned for that. Woot!

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  1. Did you ever try with cream to result in butter bits, maybe?

    6 years ago
  2. +10 for the Stronbad techno song.

    Yea, what a weird thing. I’d just want to play with it honestly.

    6 years ago
  3. Omg I wonder if using this on a glass of somaek would give a perfect mix or something haha!

    6 years ago
  4. Martina! I love your shirt!!! ~SAILOR MOON~
    The little laser party at the end pretty much made my day, that was so funny! And then Martina just laughing like, “what is the point…”
    So funny (: It’s finals week at my university and I really love having your videos to help distract me from the stress of everything! Thank you guys!

    6 years ago
  5. So I’m not sure if this is a proven scientific thing, but I’m a bartender and years ago my bar manager was telling me that when your beer foams correctly (i.e. good head) it releases the gasses into the air as opposed to in your stomach. We did an experiment where we poured 2 glasses of beer, one with head and one without, and then put a wad of napkins into each (to simulate food going into your stomach). The beer with no foam at all started foaming like crazy and overflowing, whereas the other one did nothing. Sooooo, possibly it’ll help prevent wonky things happening in your stomach?

    6 years ago
  6. JC

    What about the unopened can experiment? You cannot tease that and not do it! Inquiring minds of science must know.

    6 years ago
  7. OMG THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL!!!!!! :’D

    6 years ago
  8. Nu

    Hi guies, this machine works like a sonicator, so it uses high frequency sound waves which then create waves in the beer so making bubbles (which is why you have to put water onto the machine and glass can’t be thick). The problem is that these high frequency sound waves can damage the small hairs in your ear. When using a sonicator in a lab you are supposed to wear ear protection or leave the room to prevent ear damage. Even when I briefly heard the sonicator for few seconds in lab I didn’t feel any pain in my ears and the fact you guys feel pain make me worry this product may not be so safe ( but then I don’t know anything about this product though). Just be careful to wear some ear protection if you use it, otherwise you may loose some ear hair for science!!

    6 years ago
  9. Creme Beer? Please do explain :)

    6 years ago
  10. “Who looked at a foamer and thought: this needs more sonic?”

    6 years ago
  11. In my opinion, a beer without beer foam is not a beer!

    6 years ago
  12. I’m not a Sailor Moon fan but gotta love Martina’s shirt~

    But that thing really was “WTF”. I don’t see the point at all and I don’t think someone really wants to buy one of those. :’D

    6 years ago
  13. I see no point in this….but it was fun (as always) to watch you guys play with it!

    Although…I had to rewind a few times because the epic level of Martina’s shirt was just….too high….

    6 years ago
  14. I absolutely love Martina’s shirt! My two loves: Miyazaki movies(Totoro, Howls Moving Castle, etc.) and Sailor Moon. :D

    6 years ago
  15. Oh god, I nearly threw up when you got to the mushroom froth part! FROTH IS DISGUSTING AND ALL I EVER THINK ABOUT NOW WITH THAT WORD IS SANTORUM.

    6 years ago
    • Well, I don’t get THAT grossed out by foam on my food. I just don’t like the foam :)

      6 years ago
    • Oh lol silly me, it’s foam. But these two are the same in my head so that explains that.

      6 years ago
  16. My stomach reacts really badly to carbonation, so I purposely flatten most of my sodas. This would be great for someone like me. At least for the soda, still don’t know why they would sell it for beer.

    6 years ago
  17. Did you get any of the pastries from the ehwa bakery? I use to get the twist-donuts from there a lot and if you wait like 24 hours to eat it, it becomes more delicious…for me at least. XD

    6 years ago
    • So I had to sign in and it messed up what post this went on …. Now I sound like a crazy…

      6 years ago
  18. I can tell you the only thing I’d use that for, when I was little and sick (like stomach ache or barfy) my mom would stir a ginger ale for like 20 minutes to make it flat so the sugar would perk me up enough to eat and the ginger would help settle without being bubbly to help keep that food in. Guaranteed my mom woulda bought one of those if she had the chance.

    6 years ago
  19. OOH I want one of these for soda!! I know most people think flat fizzy (what we call soda in New Zealand) is disgusting, but I love it! I’ve grow up liking flat fizzy because the bubbles in it make me sick so this is the perfect invention for me! Instead of me standing there stirring my fizzy like an idiot until it’s gone flat haha! Where can I get one?!

    6 years ago
  20. Its for a Beer foam mustache on demand! DAh!

    6 years ago
  21. in Germany beer without beer foam isn’t beer, how else could you tell you’re not drinking apple juice! you didn’t have any Kölsch in Köln?

    6 years ago
    • thank you :D I was about to say the same. The foam is mostly the best of the beer! I enjoyed the foam as a kid the most. (Don´t judge my parents the didn´t gave me beer as a kid)
      But I think for Kölsch its not that common to have much foam o.o but I don´t know :) didn´t drink kölsch that often (hard to get here).

      6 years ago
    • We had lots of kolsch in koln! We shot a whole video about it (coming next week!). I don’t remember lots of foam, though

      6 years ago
      • A moderate amount of beer foam is acceptable in Germany especially for Pilsner & wheat beer, but I have never seen Kölsch with foam in my ENTIRE LIFE

        6 years ago
  22. Was that a Homestar Runner reference?! :D

    6 years ago
  23. Gil

    Hi, long time lurker and avid enthusiast of your site but yes, this post was somehow the one that pushed me to create an account and comment.

    In short, the foam (also called head) is a very important feature when drinking beer. The foam helps release the natural aromas of the beer and since taste is highly linked to scent, improves the overall beer drinking experience.

    This being said, many North Americans find the head to be an unnecessary feature to the beer drinking experience. In fact, most will feel ripped off if you go to a bar to order a pint and have over an inch of foam at the top.

    However, Japanese beer drinking culture (where they have many foam creating devices) equates having foam at the top with freshness/crispness. It’ll be to the point where you can find people ordering a huge pint of beer with about a third of it being foam. Now, if you have fresh beer in Japan off the draft and drink the foam, you’ll notice a certain creaminess to the foam that’s actually quite delicious when you take the time to appreciate it. I know this because I’m from the USA and just got back from Japan only to observe this crazy foam deliciousness and spent the past month researching how the hell to recreate the same experience at home.

    That all being said, using the sonic topper on a Korean beer isn’t going to elevate the experience at all since the beer was never brewed for that sort of experience. It’s like trying to elevate a bud light, no matter what you do it’ll still be a bud light. I suggest you either try buying a Japanese beer like Kirin/Sapporo/Asahi and using the sonic topper on it. Or find an izakaya in somewhere like myeongdong that has Japanese beer on draft and take the time to sip the creamy head (hehe) on top. It’s not for everyone but I’m a recent foam convert and now make it a point to enjoy the foam particularly on more fragrant beers such as IPAs or Stouts. I also believe there’s a new “cloud” beer that’s going around in Korea? Try looking for that and you might have a similar experience. Anyways, good luck and I hope you’ll come around someday to enjoying the delicious head (i had to) on beer.

    6 years ago
    • Heya. First off, thank you for taking the plunge and for making an account. Secondly, thanks for the insight about beer foam in Japan!

      6 years ago
  24. MLE

    could it be used to foam milk for lattes??? or foam milkshakes?? some people like a bit of head on their beer, technically that is the proper pour. i personally have nothing against it but it doesn’t really add anything to the beer for me either

    6 years ago
  25. In Germany it’s part of the beer etiquette to have most sorts of beer with “the perfect crown” on top – serving a beer that’s supposed to have a crown (and the crown needs to have a specific height as well, of course) without said crown on top is considered a gastronomic (mini) disaster because the “Wirt” (the innkeeper) obviously did a poor job. We call that crown “Blume” btw which means flower. :3

    As for the device: Maybe it’s for creating a certain look for your beer? Whenever I see beer in commercials, it has that perfect crown on top but I doubt that’s going to help the taste of a stale beer that’s been robbed of any gas by the power of ULTRA SONIC!

    6 years ago
  26. It made me think of cappuccino foam. Think it would work on milk?

    6 years ago
  27. The only use I could see for this (as someone who doesn’t drink alcohols) would be if you’re sick and you want to drink soda or ginger ale, but the bubbles can be kinda harsh on your stomach so tada – instant flat soda for upset tummies!

    6 years ago
  28. I get excited everytime I see her wear the sailor moon shirt I gave her! <3

    6 years ago
  29. Nice Homestar Runner reference.

    6 years ago
  30. We us a machine like this in the science lab I work in to break apart DNA; it just uses sound waves to vibrate the molecules apart and the water on the machine helps conduct the sound waves better. It also makes the most terrible high pitched sound and we have to use noise cancelling headphones when we use it. I’m not sure why you would want to use this to make beer foam but, okay.

    6 years ago
  31. Could you use it as a lazy way for creating milk bubbles?

    6 years ago
  32. I request a reshoot with a Guinness.

    6 years ago
  33. I worked in a very manly local pub (in the UK, Im a shy teen, so I was pretty pathetic :D) for a while, and they had strict pouring rules and people get upset if there isn’t enough head (foam lol) on their beer. Also, they think that there is a different taste to the beer if it is poured certain ways, and must be poured correctly, Im just like – its all beer… But Im pretty sure, I was drawing more beer onto the floor at certain points because the beer was just foaming everywhere – I was a bad barmaid.. :’D I didn’t last very long.

    6 years ago
    • In Australa, we have the same beer etiquette. Not too much foam, not too little foam. If you served zero foam beer here it would be handed back to you.

      6 years ago
  34. This is cool and all but… I thought there was gonna be some Sonic the hedgehog involved…

    (dramatic sigh)

    6 years ago
  35. At first I thought you were singing, “the sista is down” which I must say, I found quite catchy. I was thinking, if this isn’t a song yet, it needs to be! A quick Google search revealed The System Is Down and holy moly, did I ever need this repetitive song in my life. Much like Peanut Butter Jelly Time or Leek Spin. So for that, I thank you. *deeply bow*

    As for the foamer, I find beer a bit too wheaty for my taste and I am not a big foam person either. But I am very interested in the physics behind this invention. I’m assuming it uses some type of vibration, though I am not sure where the air is coming from…? I am going to have to research this some more. But great video, as always!!

    6 years ago
    • ‘The System is Down’ is the long version of the song from a video from 2002 by Homestar Runner. :)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4gqsuww6lw

      6 years ago
      • Ahh, okay. I have never heard of Homestar Runner, but the video was great. Thanks for letting me know and for the link! :D

        6 years ago
    • Okay, so apparently I was really over thinking this. My apologize. I did some searching and the sonic vibrations are just exciting the gasses and causing CO2 to be released. Nothing super fancy. Though I did read that this device is supposed to “releases beers’ aromas” for the pleasure of the drinker. Though I found quite a few…unsatisfied beer drinkers commenting about a similar device. Many of them said that if vibrated too many times, the beer will go flat. But apparently there are a lot of foam fans out there, I must say.

      6 years ago
  36. My bf doesn’t mind beer foam. If he poured a glass of beer like crap, then he can drink the foam.

    I don’t drink beer. Except for Fruli’s strawberry beer. Fruli’s is awesome and doesn’t taste like whatever beer normally tastes like.

    6 years ago
  37. That beer foam is looking mighty nice, especially when I’m firsty

    6 years ago
    • Also this brings to mind a place nearby that serves Ichiban beer with frozen beer foam! It’s kind of like a beer slushy on top of the beer.

      6 years ago
    • Hay: do you like beer foam though?

      6 years ago
      • In Australia at least, you don’t drink the foam. You filter the beer-proper through it. Hence the talk about subtle taste differences depending on how much foam there is. So you can’t have too much foam or too little foam to get the taste right.

        6 years ago
      • Most yellow beers make nasty ugly foam anyway.

        6 years ago
      • Not if it’s more than a sipful, too much and it gets annoying

        6 years ago