So, to summarise:
- Sparklers work best with well-conditioned beer, bringing some of c02 out of suspension to form a denser head, but leaving plenty in the body of the pint.
- But if a beer is low on condition, a sparkler might well rob it of what little CO2 it has, leaving it with a head, but even flatter beneath.
- Therefore, sparklers might equally be used to make beer in poor condition look better than it is, or to give a beer in good condition a particular presentation.
- But there’s no way for a drinker to know until they taste it.
- Sparklers may also mute or otherwise affect perception of certain flavours and aromas. Some beers are brewed with this in mind.
- Otherwise, it’s a matter of personal preference.
- So sparklers are neither purely good, not purely evil.
Is that about it?