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Old 03-05-2013, 04:35 PM   #11
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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."
Now I know for the future. I took your advice and took all the bottles out of the fridge and they were 68 F by this morning, so I shook up the test bottle a bit to rouse the yeast. There is a fair amount of foam in the bottle when I swirled it up, so maybe there is still hope!
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #12
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Very funny. After I jut finished that same recipe with no head I searched this forum for causes. Hopefully it's not eh recipe. You are a week ahead of me I think so I'd love to hear if you have better luck after waiting a little longer.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:20 PM   #13
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For what it's worth, my WHHA after 2 weeks in the bottle has some head. Minimal, but about what I'd expect after 2 weeks. (Also Northern Brewer kit)

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:47 PM   #14
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That's a typical not develop head from not being fully carbed

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:55 PM   #15
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sometimes a little malto dextrin can help

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:35 AM   #16
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For what it's worth, my WHHA after 2 weeks in the bottle has some head. Minimal, but about what I'd expect after 2 weeks. (Also Northern Brewer kit)
Well it's good to see that my color is right, but that's a bit more head than what I was getting.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:39 AM   #17
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Very funny. After I jut finished that same recipe with no head I searched this forum for causes. Hopefully it's not eh recipe. You are a week ahead of me I think so I'd love to hear if you have better luck after waiting a little longer.
I'll definitely update, but I think I'm going to leave it for another two weeks in the bottles
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:15 PM   #18
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Well it's good to see that my color is right, but that's a bit more head than what I was getting.
I just now realized the NB kit came with carb drops which I did not use. Instead I primed with honey - seemed more appropriate.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #19
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Ok, so here is what I did. I took the bottles and shook them a bit to re rouse the yeast, left them for a week and then placed one bottle in the fridge for 24 hours, cleaned a glass by hand using cold water, and voilà! A beautiful beer with an even better looking head

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:29 PM   #20
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Just listen to Revvy and give it time. Shaking the bottles is not necessary (and not a good idea), leave them alone at room temperature and let them do their thing. Sometimes when I crack my first couple open I have carbonation and it tastes fine, but the head hasn't developed. Few weeks later it's there, just be patient.

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