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Old 04-10-2009, 02:21 AM   #1
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Default College Students and Beer Head.

I went to a friend's recently. It wasn't a party, but its definitely a "gathering" of sorts.

I brought a few bottles of my first home brew attempt with me for sharing purposes. A few of us are sitting in the shop talking and I decide im going to get a few glasses and pour a few drinks for a couple of these people. I do so, and I pour them and distribute them.

The first thing I hear is "Why did you pour with so much head" I look up to say "it's a porter, and that's a 1-finger head at most" and I see my friend wipe his nose, and start swirling it on the top of the beer to "kill the head"

I remember us doing this long ago when using beer bongs... but I guess I expected a little more class from my friends these days. Granted, my first attempt at brewing was mediocre at best, but I would like to think that with a home brew of any kind comes a level of sophistication that shouldn't be pooled with Natty Ice or something.

Ive seen the same thing done when I have brought over other beers of the non-natty variety (Sierra Nevada Bigfoot specifically)

I get it... but I just dont get it. If that makes sense.

I see the head as one of the most beautiful elements of a beer, followed right by it's color and clarity. Why ruin it?

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There is a lot of unteaching we have to do.....

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You mentioned college in the title but not in the story, so I'm guessing you're in college as well. Invite your friends over for a brew day. Share one of your past brews with a commercial beer that is similar so that they can see that beer that people buy can be made at home. I like to make a pie-graph with a thin slice that represents all of the styles of beer with the slice being american light lager, which is about 85% of what we see when we go to the store. There are so many other flavors out there to experience.

Beer that I want to get me drunk should have no head. Beer that I want to experience damn well better have one (unless it's a barleywine ).

Don't discount your friends, just their taste in beer.

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Atleast they didn't harass you for pouring it into a glass.

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Atleast they didn't harass you for pouring it into a glass.
They also did that.

"Dude, where are you going, you dont need a glass"

Most of the beers I find worth drinking I can only drink from a glass. Like I said, the visual of the beer is important. I think it's just as important as the flavor.
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You mentioned college in the title but not in the story, so I'm guessing you're in college as well. Invite your friends over for a brew day. Share one of your past brews with a commercial beer that is similar so that they can see that beer that people buy can be made at home. I like to make a pie-graph with a thin slice that represents all of the styles of beer with the slice being american light lager, which is about 85% of what we see when we go to the store. There are so many other flavors out there to experience.

Beer that I want to get me drunk should have no head. Beer that I want to experience damn well better have one (unless it's a barleywine ).

Don't discount your friends, just their taste in beer.
That's a good idea. Yeah, I forgot to say we are college students. We just go to different schools. These are actually all high school friends that I met up with in this story.
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They are probably the same folks who find it necessary to pump the keg incessantly, then complain about the foam and blame it on the crappy keg.

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They are probably the same folks who find it necessary to pump the keg incessantly, then complain about the foam and blame it on the crappy keg.
How about the guys who beer bong the remains in the keg the next morning?

Thinking about that makes me want to vomit. Warm next day keg remnants of a partially killed busch light keg (also known as 'Pullman water').
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:17 AM   #9
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On the other end of the spectrum, I have a buddy that thinks the head is the greatest thing in the world. He always poors the beer as fast as possible, straight into the glass. 15oz of head, irritates the S**T out of me.

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These are obviously people who don't drink beer for the taste. The foam enhances the aroma and flavor of the beer. By killing the head they are trying to make it taste less noticable. They probably also prefer beer ice cold to further reduce the flavor.

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