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Old 12-23-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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My first pour of an Imperial Stout after 2 weeks at 10psi was flat with no head??? Any troubleshooting insight?

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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My first pour of an Imperial Stout after 2 weeks at 10psi was flat with no head??? Any troubleshooting insight?
What temp has the beer been sitting at?
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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38-40 f.

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Fat and no head? I know the feel...what?! FLAT! Oh, ummm...ya, never mind.

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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I set 12psi at 36-38F and it really isn't ready until the 3 week mark. At 38-40 at 10psi it will need at least another week for minimum carbination. The colder the beer, the faster it absorbs C02.

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38-40 f.
It may not be fully carbed yet, but should be very close. That temp and pressure combination is going to result in ~2.3 vol of carbonation. If you want something closer to the level of most commercial beers, you'll need to bump the pressure up to 12-14 psi.
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Check your seals on your kegs and lines for leaks.

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I've noticed that the bigger beers tend to take longer. I don't have the science behind it though.

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Thanks for the tips. All the lines are secured. I'll crank it up a little higher, maybe 15-16, cause I need it ready for Tuesday. Speading some yuletide cheer...

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Flat and no head.....reminds me of my first girlfriend....

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