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Old 07-31-2011, 02:43 AM   #1
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Default First time kegging. Head retention question

First time kegging. I use the set it and forget it method and set my PSI to around 11. I put two kegs in. I had one 5 gallon brew in a corny and one 2.5 gallon brew in a corny. It has been 2 full weeks and both beers taste fully carbed (or close) but neither retain head.

The head is fine when the beer first comes out but quickly disappears. Any idea what the issue is ? Not enough time ?

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Old 07-31-2011, 03:23 AM   #2
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I add flaked or torrified wheat (about 1 lb)

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I think the issue probably has more to do with your recipe than the kegging process. Certain grains are better than others at retaining head. In my experience, if you are brewing with only extract, your beer will have no head retention to speak of. Tell us a little bit about your brew process. Do you steep or mash any specialty grains? Stuff like Carapils?

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I think the issue probably has more to do with your recipe than the kegging process. Certain grains are better than others at retaining head. In my experience, if you are brewing with only extract, your beer will have no head retention to speak of. Tell us a little bit about your brew process. Do you steep or mash any specialty grains? Stuff like Carapils?
One was all grain and the other mini mash. I have brewed the mini mash before and had plenty of head. I mean this looks like uncarbed wort after a few sips.
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I add flaked or torrified wheat (about 1 lb)
? Just to get head on a kegged beer ?
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^^ It will helped with head retention. So will some specialty grains like Carapils. What do your recipes look like?

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This is the 2.5 gallon batch

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/cent...10-gall-42841/

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I will dig up the other but it is a brown ale.

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I mean this looks like uncarbed wort after a few sips.
You said earlier that it tasted well carbed, but was just losing head fast. If the beer is less than ideally carbonated quickly after pouring, it's likely an issue with your line balancing. If it loses the head quickly but stays carbonated it's likely a recipe issue, or something oily got into the beer somehow. How long are your beverage lines and what size are they?
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You said earlier that it tasted well carbed, but was just losing head fast. If the beer is less than ideally carbonated quickly after pouring, it's likely an issue with your line balancing. If it's stays carbonated but loses the head quickly it's likely a recipe issue, or something oily got into the beer somehow. How long are your beverage lines and what size are they?
5 feet and 3/16. I have brewed these beers before and bottled with no issues.
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