Head retention with flaked barley

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Head retention with flaked barley

Postby Dane » Tue Jan 16, 2001 11:52 am

I get an OK head on my beer - but it could be even better! I have read that addition of flaked barley to the mash can improve head retention. Has anyone tried this, did it work, and how much should one add? I use mostly Maris Otter Pale Malt and Crystal malt otherwise.
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Postby maltvault » Tue Jan 16, 2001 12:38 pm

I throw 3/4 pound of flaked wheat into EVERY batch I make. I get raves on the head retention, but I don't know about flaked barley. The wheat tends to never overpower the style I brewed, everything from a Coors clone, to Imperial Cream Stout, the flaked wheat has never failed to give me about 1' head from start, and 1/4' head finished and clinging on the glass the whole way down. Oh, if you wash your glasses in the dishwasher, or air dry them be sure to rinse them out before you pour, dish soap will kill your head.
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