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Old 07-17-2011, 01:32 AM   #21
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Edit: also, I just remembered that this more carbonated beer had only been in the fridge a short time. Often that will play a role. See if you've got better foam after keeping them in the fridge a few days.
+5 there... I find that chilling for 4-5 days, or longer, does my brews better. The head calms down, and stays longer.

Also, if you used regular dish soap to clean your pot/kettle, that could be it right there. Use something like BarKeepers Friend to clean SS... Also seriously rinse out your beer glasses. Even a minute amount of soap residue there can kill the brew's head...

Bet you didn't know there were so many moving elements when you started home brewing... Don't worry, once you get things figured out, it's easy to adjust your routine to make them second nature. Especially after enough batches...
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:25 AM   #22
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You know what, I put my bottles in the dishwasher with about half the normal detergent. I'm guessing this is so wrong but I've done this for the other beers I've done also with no issues. How do you guys prep your bottles? I pulled all beers outta fridge, gonna give a light shake and let sit another week. Based on taste, I'll be surpassed if this beer comes around.

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Old 07-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #23
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You know what, I put my bottles in the dishwasher with about half the normal detergent. I'm guessing this is so wrong but I've done this for the other beers I've done also with no issues. How do you guys prep your bottles? I pulled all beers outta fridge, gonna give a light shake and let sit another week. Based on taste, I'll be surpassed if this beer comes around.
Yeah, soap is bad.

For me, bottle prep is:
1) soak in hot pbw
2) hot rinse with jet bottle washer
3) starsan rinse with vinator
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I triple rinse the bottles to get the sediment out. IF I have to, I soak in PBW solution for the stubborn bottles (only had one so far) and then triple rinse it. I fill them with StarSan, drain, and let them drip on the bottle tree before being filled. I bottle in Grolsch (swing/flip top bottles) and as long as I make sure the seal looks good, I get a solid seal and great carbonation (and head) from them.

IMO, I wouldn't use any soak in a dishwasher for bottles. Hell, I wouldn't bother to put any bottles through it even without soap. I find it so easy to simply rinse the bottles when you pour the glass(es) from them, that it seems silly to do otherwise.

Of course, if you start kegging, your bottle worries will go away. BUT, you'll need to clean the kegs, sanitize the poppets and dip tubes, before filling them up. Then make sure the O-ring in the lid seats fully, and don't forget to purge the O2 out from the top of the keg once you have it filled and sealed...

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No head may have more to do with residual soap left in the glass. Give your glass a good rinse in hot water and let it air dry. Sure if that helps.

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I seem to be learning more from mistakes made in later batches than my firsts. Check out my thread about high FG in the yeast topics. Thanks for all the replies.

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