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Old 02-10-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default Best head retention grain

I'm doing an oatmeal stout and really want a thick, creamy head that lasts to the last sip. What's your favorite foam boosting grain? How much would you put in a 5 gallon batch in the 1.060 range?

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I like to use raw wheat, largely because I have a few hundred pounds lying around. It won't do much for flavor, especially in a stout so I would probably use a pound or so.

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Carapils or wheat is my go to

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Im going to be experimenting with a combo of carafoam and golden naked oats, which is supposedly an amazing combo. Ill report back with my findings

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Flaked Barley does a great job too. I use .5 lbs in my stouts and porters and get a thick, creamy head.

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Anyone tried this? http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingc...-pound%29.html

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Im going to be experimenting with a combo of carafoam and golden naked oats, which is supposedly an amazing combo. Ill report back with my findings
I was thinking something similar, but maybe with some wheat instead of the carafoam. Where'd you here of that combo? You think a pound of each should do it?
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Flaked Barley does a great job too. I use .5 lbs in my stouts and porters and get a thick, creamy head.
I agree! In a stout, flaked barley is a MUST. I'd go up to a whole pound if I had it, and waned to make sure I got a thick creamy head.

I've used golden naked oats lots of times. They have a great "nutty" flavor, so I love them in pale ales and in some steam beers. I wouldn't put them in a stout, though, as I doubt that you'd pick up the flavor over all the roast.
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I was thinking something similar, but maybe with some wheat instead of the carafoam. Where'd you here of that combo? You think a pound of each should do it?
I was browsing rebel brewer, and someone commented on one of those 2 grains (cant remember which one) that golden naked oats and carafoam was an amazing combo for heat retention. Im using a half lb of each in an upcoming pale ale/ blonde ale ill be brewing this week.
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