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Old 11-16-2007, 12:49 AM   #1
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I have a light english pale ale that has an odd head. It starts with a big bold head when poured from the bottle but when the head dies a little it seems to coagulate. I am used to the head evenly covering the top of the beer and this one seems to form islands of head. It does not taste like an infection just looks a bit funny. Anyone seen this before. The recipe for the beer is plain and and simple yet delicious. It is

5 gallon batch
10 lbs Marris Otter
1 lbs Golden Promise
Mashed at 150
1 oz Target @ 60min
1 oz E Kent Goldings @ 10 min
boil time 60 minutes
1 packet Muntons gold
Fermented primary 1 week at 65 degrees
cold cond 45 degrees 1 week
bottled and conditioned 3+ weeks
have been drinking for 2 weeks

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Old 11-16-2007, 02:28 AM   #2
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I have a light english pale ale that has an odd head. It starts with a big bold head when poured from the bottle but when the head dies a little it seems to coagulate. I am used to the head evenly covering the top of the beer and this one seems to form islands of head. It does not taste like an infection just looks a bit funny. Anyone seen this before. The recipe for the beer is plain and and simple yet delicious. It is

5 gallon batch
10 lbs Marris Otter
1 lbs Golden Promise
Mashed at 150
1 oz Target @ 60min
1 oz E Kent Goldings @ 10 min
boil time 60 minutes
1 packet Muntons gold
Fermented primary 1 week at 65 degrees
cold cond 45 degrees 1 week
bottled and conditioned 3+ weeks
have been drinking for 2 weeks
Well, my theory is that as long as it tastes good, it's good beer. Don't suppose you have a pic, sounds to me like it just lacks head retention.
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:04 AM   #3
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I have not gotten a picture of it. Besides that I don't pay for a membership to this site so I can't post a pic here. Alternatively, I suppose I could post elsewhere and link to it.

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Old 11-16-2007, 01:05 PM   #4
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My Belgian Golden Ale does that. I am not sure what the cause is. I don't think it could be a head retention things, as this beer has very good head retention. It still has head when I am halfway through the beer. However, as it decipates, it does definitely form little islands of head. I don't know the answer, but I have seen it.

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Old 11-16-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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I have the same thing on some of my beers. I never considered it an issue, but now I am interested in hearing what it is. I can take a pic of it tonight.

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Old 11-16-2007, 01:17 PM   #6
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It sounds like a finely textured, dense head that may have some particles in it (and that's not unusual for homebrew). The head dissipates more quickly around those particles, leaving with you with some bits of head left around.


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Old 11-16-2007, 05:08 PM   #7
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I was drinking a Nut Brown Ale yesterday that did this and I was wondering the exact same thing.

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Good to hear others have experienced the samething. Cheers!

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Hmmm...That must be an Imperial IPA!
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