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Old 04-17-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Mystery of the disappearing head

Ok brewing geeks! I've got one for you that I haven't been able to solve and it's driving me more nuts than I usually am. I've got a case of "disappearing head syndrome" but in a very unique way. But first the back story:

Brewed a 12 gallon batch of doppelbock, split it into two different carboys, fermented them out side by side. Put one in one corny and set it into my lager center (kegerator), the other one I condensed off about 1.5 gallons to make my eisbock and lagered that. Carbed up both at the same PSI to get 2.4 units at the same time using the set and wait method, then cleaned my tap lines and tapped the kegs. It's now been two weeks.

The eisbock has a small head that lingers a little bit, no problem. But the doppelbock, when poured, created a head that instantly and audibly fizzes off into oblivion. It can't be glassware issue (ie: soapy glasses), it can't be a residue in my keg issue (I'm very anal about these things...work in a brewery after all and do it for a living), it can't be residue in the tap lines as anything left in it (which also is nothing) would have been flushed out by now......I'm at a loss. I almost don't want to serve it to my friends only on the fact that I'm not happy with the disappearing head. It tastes great though....grrrrrrrr......any thoughts from the wonderful people here?

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I'm curious..

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Old 04-17-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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I'm curious..
As am I. This things got me stumped. All my other taps are pouring good head. It's just this one.
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I thought it was going to be called merriage.
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Recipe?

Was there any blow off on either one?

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Recipe?

Was there any blow off on either one?
Sorry, I don't share recipes. But, that being said, it's the same recipe I used last year (last years batch had a nice head) and it's got enough Carapils in it and other cystal malts that there SHOULD be a head.

When I ferment I always throw a blow off tube on it but it wasn't needed on this batch. Bunch of Krausen but not enough to reach the tube.
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Sorry, I don't share recipes.
Well now I'm more curious as to why you don't share recipes... What are you worried about?
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Well now I'm more curious as to why you don't share recipes... What are you worried about?
we'll STEAL 'EM!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Well now I'm more curious as to why you don't share recipes... What are you worried about?
Possibly that you might be able to give him some proper advice.....
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Ya know, lots of people pay a lot of money to have their head dissapear. Some even get married.

If he gave you a recipe then you'd be able to make your head disappear and a lot of noise would be made when your head disappeared.

Wait, what?

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