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Old 10-03-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
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Now that I have got your attention.... I have been trying to force carbonate a Coopers stout for the past week. I have looked at all the graphs,and am using the right psi for the temperature of the beer. I am using the bmbg to bottle a few. Without fail the beer has some carbonation but no head at all to speak of. Comes out great from the keg but when poured from a bottle I get no head!! So my question is: is it poor carbonation or a poor recipe that is causing my lack of head. Thanks

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Old 10-03-2008, 11:19 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2008, 11:32 PM   #3
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Head has more to do with the recipe and brewing procedure than the carbonation applied. While you need decent carbonation to push up a big head, to actually make it form and last depends on how you mash, how long/vigorous you boil, how many hops you use and some other factors like grain selection. For a detailed look into head retention, check out the podcast by John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff, Brew Strong, on Head Retention.

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thanks barleywater. I was afraid of that. This was a Coopers no boil kit that I had laying around the house. Not exactly brewing....

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I haven't tried the Cooper's Stout kit, but their Aussie Lager kit had very little head to it even though it had plenty of carbonation.

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