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tomlivings 06-22-2010 06:28 PM

Head retention
Other than serving the beer correctly, how do I go about improving head retention?
I brewed my first beer, an all-grain IPA and it came out great, but the head only stays for half the drink and the lacing is poor.

BadgerBrewer 06-22-2010 06:37 PM

You can add some Cara-Pils/Dextrine to your batch and it will aid in head retention and also add some body to the brew. Maybe 5% of your total grain bill is all you need.

weirdboy 06-22-2010 06:42 PM

What temp are you mashing at?

tomlivings 06-22-2010 07:02 PM

That was mashed at 154.

Gabe 06-22-2010 07:20 PM

Try mashing a little lower at 150 and add roughly 6-8% wheat to your bill. This has always worked for us.

tomlivings 06-22-2010 07:26 PM

Well thats good news, because I just bottled a strong belgian ale last night, mashed at 148 with 5% wheat!
Thanks guys. Lord only knows what home-brewers did before the internet.

tasq 06-22-2010 08:23 PM

Do you put your glasses in the dishwasher? Jet Dry can have horrible effects on head retention. I keep a set of glasses for beer that are hand wash only.

BendBrewer 06-22-2010 08:26 PM

Flowers work for me.......

944play 06-22-2010 09:41 PM


Originally Posted by BendBrewer (Post 2124960)
Flowers work for me.......

;) Ahem... yes, and pellets work too. Hops contribute to beer foam stability.

tomlivings 06-22-2010 09:46 PM

But hops are going to really affect the flavor profile, in essence compromising what Im trying to achieve to get better head. Is there a hop variety that doesnt shout too loud but lends its head retaining properties?

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