Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Clumpy head?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-02-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
electricbrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 6
Default Clumpy head?

I brewed an oktoberfest. Everything went fine during the brew session. I'm drinking it now and noticed the head pours great then falls into this weird coagulated-cottage cheese look that I've never seen in my 6 years of brewing.



What it be? Has anyone else seen this?

peace out!

Recipe below:

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Okefenokee Fest
Brewer: Justin Crandall
Asst Brewer:
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
--------------------------
Boil Size: 8.00 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.75 gal
Estimated OG: 1.058 SG
Estimated Color: 12.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 27.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 83.3 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
------------
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
8 lbs Floor Malted Bohemian Dark (6.5 SRM) Grain 1 66.7 %
2 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 16.7 %
1 lbs Caramunich II (Weyermann) (63.0 SRM) Grain 3 8.3 %
1 lbs Floor Malted Bohemian Wheat (2.3 SRM) Grain 4 8.3 %
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 13.4 IBUs
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 7.1 IBUs
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 7.1 IBUs
2.0 pkg Southern German Lager (White Labs #WLP83 Yeast 8 -


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body
Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs
----------------------------
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 16.00 qt of water at 158.4 F 148.0 F 75 min
Mash Out Add 9.60 qt of water at 205.9 F 168.0 F 10 min

Sparge: Fly sparge with 2.29 gal water at 168.0 F
Notes:
------

__________________
electricbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-03-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
Hex23
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Illinois, Lake County
Posts: 857
Liked 42 Times on 42 Posts
Likes Given: 45

Default

Yes, my Oktoberfest happens to look just like that - it is the Marzen Madness recipe from BCS made with 34/70. I don't notice any flavor or mouthfeel impact. Not sure what causes it exactly, but I've seen other commercial beers that do this too.

__________________
Hex23 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-03-2012, 02:02 AM   #3
neophilus
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Methuen, Massachusetts
Posts: 73
Liked 14 Times on 11 Posts

Default

I'm having the same problem with a recent batch. The head forms tight knit groups of tiny white foamy bubbles. The bubbles cling together in small groups and the groups almost repel each other, it looks weird if you watch closely, unlike any home brew I've made before.

The beer was 10# of pilsner malt with a Kolsch yeast and Saaz hops. Not sure if the ingredients matter but I can't think of anything in my process that was different from 2 recent batches which do not have this problem.

__________________
neophilus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
CoalCracker
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CoalCracker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Macungie, Pa
Posts: 1,589
Liked 100 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 35

Default

Most of my beers end up looking like that. No need to worry.

__________________

coalcrackerbrewing.blogspot.com
Vintage Kegerator Build
1 BBL Tippy Dump

CoalCracker is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2012, 01:39 PM   #5
hotspurdotus
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 192
Liked 28 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 41

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CoalCracker View Post
Most of my beers end up looking like that. No need to worry.
Do you know what causes it, coalcracker? Most of my kegged beers exhibit this clumpy head, but none of my bottled beers have.
__________________
hotspurdotus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-01-2013, 05:18 PM   #6
unionrdr
Wannabe author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 29,150
Liked 2025 Times on 1774 Posts
Likes Given: 1505

Default

Even though head is driven by carbonation after the pour,it's formed by dissolved protiens in the beer.

__________________
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Head on Beer is "Clumpy" wedge421 Extract Brewing 3 03-29-2009 01:59 AM
Clumpy DME ipscman Extract Brewing 13 09-22-2008 04:45 AM
Clumpy Yeast??? morrasy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-18-2008 01:55 AM
Clumpy DME 2nd Street Brewery Bottling/Kegging 2 08-28-2005 01:29 AM