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moorerm04 02-20-2013 09:22 PM

Crummy Head retention and lacing!
 
Brewed a stout a few weeks back, force carbed it and :( for head and lacing! It taste fantastic, but I don't understand what went wrong. The head falls within 15 seconds, and virtually nothing clings to the glass. I uses wheat malt, and flaked oats so I thought that would help. After it was stable I tossed in a couple split and scraped vanilla beans for a couple weeks. They were in my grain bin from a porter I brewed in the fall so the weren't that old. I wonder if the oils from the beans could have done it? I'm confused because this is my first beer that turned out with poor head retention.

moorerm04 02-21-2013 12:59 AM

Bump!

KaSaBiS 02-21-2013 01:10 AM

Have you made sure there is no residual soap in your glasses? that will collapse your head. Just a thought. Do you have a loud tranfer during your brewing/fermenting process that could of used up your head forming proteins? As far as I know your flaked oats will add to a thicker mouthfeel, but that does not directly correlate to head. I remember reading about a protein rest helping head retention.

TastySalmon 02-21-2013 05:57 PM

Much much flaked oats did you use? How much wheat?

Denny 02-21-2013 08:19 PM

Yeast pitching rate and fermentation procedure can have a huge effect on foam formation and retention. I'll post a link later.

iaefebs 02-21-2013 08:40 PM

I'd eliminate the glass first. Google "beer clean glass". Test your glass and if you still have a problem you can move on to your brewing technique.

KaSaBiS 02-21-2013 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Denny (Post 4929382)
Yeast pitching rate and fermentation procedure can have a huge effect on foam formation and retention. I'll post a link later.

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Yooper 02-21-2013 09:31 PM

While you're waiting for the links from Denny, try a "salt scrub" on the glass. Just moisten the glass, sprinkle it with salt inside and scour it with the salt. Rinse well, and see if that helps.

Sometimes it's as simple as some residue on the glass!

I love flaked barley in my stout- it really seems to help with foam and head retention.

Denny 02-22-2013 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by KaSaBiS (Post 4929641)
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Here's the link....

http://byo.com/stories/article/indic...oam-techniques

duboman 02-22-2013 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Denny (Post 4932161)

That's a great article, Thanks for sharing!


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