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Old 03-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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I bottled my first batch of homebrew about three weeks ago; the first two weeks after bottling I kept the bottles in the closet, this final week I left them in the fridge. When I pour, there is no head

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Old 03-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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For whatever reason it wouldn't let me type everything out. But anyways, it was an extract batch and I primed each bottle with the recommended fizz drops. It's carbonated fine and I have had no gushers. I'm just wondering why there is absolutely no head

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What type of beer is it? Head retention can vary depending on the style and recipe. And are you saying it doesn't pour any head or that it retains no head?

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Depending on the alcohol content, it can often take more than 2 weeks to fully bottle carb, as well.

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What type of beer is it? Head retention can vary depending on the style and recipe. And are you saying it doesn't pour any head or that it retains no head?
It is a honey ale, and I meant to say that it pours no head at all
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What type of beer is it? Head retention can vary depending on the style and recipe. And are you saying it doesn't pour any head or that it retains no head?
It is the whitehouse honey ale from northern brewer. And it pours no head at all.
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Depending on the alcohol content, it can often take more than 2 weeks to fully bottle carb, as well.
I see, it's been bottled for 2 weeks at74 F and the third week it was in the fridge. It feels as carbonated as a commercial beer
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You put them in the fridge without testing them first? You put them in the fridge too soon. You should have waited a minimum of three weeks before even checking them, let alone putting them in the fridge. You put the yeast to sleep before the process of carbonation/conditioning was done.

Take them out of the fridge, let them warm back up. In a couple of days swirl them to re-rouse the yeast. Then leave them ALONE for at least another week.

After that, pull 2 of them, one from one case, and one from the other. Stick them in the fridge for a minimum 24 hours, then see how they are. If that's the case then you can chill them down.

But head development is one of the last things that happens, once the beer is carbed. If you arrest the carbonation, then you won't get the head.

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You put them in the fridge without testing them first? You put them in the fridge too soon. You should have waited a minimum of three weeks before even checking them, let alone putting them in the fridge. You put the yeast to sleep before the process of carbonation/conditioning was done.

Take them out of the fridge, let them warm back up. In a couple of days swirl them to re-rouse the yeast. Then leave them ALONE for at least another week.

After that, pull 2 of them, one from one case, and one from the other. Stick them in the fridge for a minimum 24 hours, then see how they are. If that's the case then you can chill them down.

But head development is one of the last things that happens, once the beer is carbed. If you arrest the carbonation, then you won't get the head.
Ok, figured I messed up somewhere; I'll do this tonight then.
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That's not to say you might have heading problems due to your recipe, but you should always make sure the process is complete. And for most beers 3 weeks at 70 is the minimum it takes to carb and condition many beers. Some take longer. So it's always a good idea to err on the side of caution, and make sure before declaring an "emergency."

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