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Old 03-27-2007, 04:54 AM   #1
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Default How to get good head?????

O.K, get your mind out of the gutter. I'm the step before a noob, meaning I still haven’t taken the plunge into brewing. Just research and drool so far. Although a few of my buddies are brewing. Anyway, I have noticed that some beer has a nice creamy, frothy head to it, while some have a more bubbly style head. Is it the type of yeast that is responsible for this, or is it the type of priming sugar, (DME, corn sugar, honey, etc)? Or is it just a matter of pouring technique?

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Old 03-27-2007, 05:03 AM   #2
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Many Many things including types of specialty grains, extracts, etc... Certain spec grains like Dextrin are used for head retention.

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Old 03-27-2007, 05:12 AM   #3
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Glasses are important : Set aside a glass (or a pile of them!) just for beer. Never use soap on them. Just rinse with hotwater. never put milk in them. This will help the head.

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Old 03-27-2007, 05:15 AM   #4
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:15 AM   #5
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Ok for real....

They sell "head powders" that supposedly help out...wheat also helps in head retention...

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Old 03-27-2007, 05:24 AM   #6
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find the right girl....then chill her down and pump up the CO2

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Old 03-27-2007, 10:31 AM   #7
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A sixer of homebrew oughta do just fine....Sorry Uhlee, I couldn't resist either.
Starts with the malts,then priming,finishes with co2 and serving temp--higher psi co2 and lower temps keep the carbonation in the liquid until it meets room temp. then the co2 is released thus resulting in the"head " that we HBr's all look for.just my 2c. Shane

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:15 PM   #8
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Style with a lot of wheat or some oatmeal generally have good head retention. The very creamy head seen on some stouts is commonly due to the use to special gas blends and restrictive taps.

I've had good luck with stouts by using champagne yeast to finish them.

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Soap was mentioned above, make sure the glasses are rinse off well, but they do need to be clean well because small oil residues will break down the head quickly. There are some adjuncts you can add to your brew that help get better head. Also, jewelry helps.

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Old 03-27-2007, 03:49 PM   #10
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yeah, you definately want to use soap to wash your glasses. You put your lips on the glass and you lips contain oils and all sorts of bacteria. Just rinsing doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

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