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Low to no head

Postby LawDawg05023 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:46 pm

I am fairly new to brewing, and have noticed when I poor the beer there is no head, or if there is one it disperses quickly. Does anybody have any Ideas?
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Postby jawbox » Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:55 am

First question are you extract, partial mash or all grain brewing?
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Postby LawDawg05023 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 2:04 pm

Extract brewing, not good enough for all grain yet
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Postby jawbox » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:51 pm

Could you post the recipe or beer style that you made. If it was a kit, did you get it from northern brewer, more beer, local store etc.
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Postby LawDawg05023 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:26 pm

both beers I have brewed were kits, both from more beer
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Postby slothrob » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:29 am

Two good places to start looking are:
-Clean and soap-free glassware and brewing equipment. Avoid rinsing aids if you use a dishwasher.
-Fermentation temperatures. Warm fermentation, say 70F or above, maybe, produce more fusel alcohols that can be head killers.
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Postby LawDawg05023 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:08 am

My bottles for my current brew are in the basement around 70-75, you think I should find a better place for them? Thanks for your help.
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head retention

Postby slothrob » Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:55 am

70-75F is a good temperature for carbonating bottles, but it would be getting warm for a clean primary fermentation. Also, if you're storing the beer for very long, it's best to store the bottles as cold as possible once they're carbonated. I don't think that storing them warm would affect head retention, but they will stale faster. A month or so shouldn't matter.

Is the beer well carbonated?
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Postby ColoradoBrewer » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:27 am

Regarding head retention - You should have a set of glasses dedicated for beer use only. Other beverages can sometimes leave residues that are hard to remove. Use a detergent, not soap, to clean your glasses. I like TSP substitute. It gets my glasses clean without leaving any residue and it's cheap.
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Postby LawDawg05023 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:11 pm

My Irish Red Ale has been bottled for almost a week, you think another week will do?
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Postby slothrob » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:52 pm

My beers are rarely fully carbonated in 1 week. Often they're ready in 2 weeks (plus a couple more days in the fridge for the CO2 to fully dissolve), but sometimes they take 3 or 4 weeks. One stout I made took 2 months for some reason.
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Postby LawDawg05023 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:52 am

well thankyou gents will let you know how it turns out
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Postby LawDawg05023 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:30 pm

Thanks for the help Gents, the Irish Red turned out Great. My family drank it ALL. Oh well that is what we brew for!
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Postby slothrob » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:16 pm

Glad to hear the beer came out so good. Congratulations!
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