When my South African friend was over I’d bought what I thought were some tins of Carling beer … as she occasionally enjoys beer – well probably used to enjoy a can … this time it was mostly glasses of rosé Pinot Grigio or some bubbly …
|A glass of Pinot Grigio|
Now having cans of beer left in the fridge I thought I should drink them … and not wanting any wine, decided that I’d crack open a tinnie (Australian slang) … this was fine – the Guinness tasted as I thought it should and the evening wandered along …
… a while later as I was trying to empty the can into my glass … it frothily kept blocking up … eventually I thought I should investigate – perhaps I’d been drinking something mighty odd – my mind had wandered off to poisoning etc …though common sense was in place – so that was a pure waffley thought … perhaps?!
(with some licence!)
Well on tipping up the can there was a white protrusion, covered in froth … the froth was not unexpected in Guinness, the white protrusion was … after a brief thought my deductive powers said ‘a ping pong ball in my Guinness’??
|Coloured ping pong balls|
So now … the only thing to do – it was night time! … open another tinnie … don’t we rinse and repeat … same result … then my mind turned to toilets – not what you think … but ball cocks … not that either: not what you be thinking … I needed to check this ‘thing’ …
|The can, the objet d'art ... and the|
Tin opener came next … and what came out - but near enough a ping-pong ball … I was very bemused … it doesn’t take much to amuse me myself!
But could this be some sort of plumbing device put into the Guinness cans … so when the morrow came round … the truth was out via a google or two …
|The rocket style widget|
They are floating widgets, purposefully added to a tin of beer … and come in two sizes … the 'round ball cock’ type one, and the ‘rocket widget’ found in taller containers …
|The Tale of Nitro and the Widget|
courtesy of Bespoken Public Relations organisation
The Guinness drink, to be authentic, has to have a thick, creamy head on the beer, which is less fizzy than regular lager beers. To ensure this they add a shot of liquid nitrogen to help pressurise the can.
|An appropriately named widget!|
Nitrogen gas doesn’t easily dissolve in water, so when I cracked open the beer … I got that frothy head, as most of the gas is released into the air, while the foamy bubbles in the head of beer remain … or remain clothing the ping-pong ball widget in white froth.
|A tub of bran|
Well that’s it for the story of the widget, the strange froth and the ping-pong ball … all found in the can of Guinness – one is always learning!!
Perhaps this shouldn’t sit in a Bran Tub … but there’s where it has been filed!
A true tale of weirdness.
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