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Old 09-25-2006, 01:17 AM   #1
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As for beer, my all grain recipes don't hold a head and a few (a Belgian Wit with a lot of wheat and oats) don't get a head to begin with. I'm pretty good with rinsing all cleaning agents off (I use Oxyclean to clean and bleach to sanitize). What's the deal? I actually think my extract recipes (first 5) had better head than the 5 all grain recipes. Thoughts?

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Old 09-25-2006, 01:20 AM   #2
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Here is some discussion that may help:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=13633

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Old 09-25-2006, 01:55 AM   #3
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I thought I read somewhere if you wash and sanitize with 5 Star products, you'll get better head. Can someone confirm this?

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Old 09-25-2006, 02:14 AM   #4
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thank You Jaybird! I was beginning to think we'd gotten to a point where we let meatballs like that sail by!!

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Old 09-25-2006, 11:37 PM   #6
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:44 PM   #7
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I thought I read somewhere if you wash and sanitize with 5 Star products, you'll get better head. Can someone confirm this?
Yep, I use star-san and get great head, lol.
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Yep, I use star-san and get great head, lol.
Isn't Star-San a little harsh on your naughty bits?
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Old 09-26-2006, 12:26 AM   #9
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You must remember to lick it before you stick it.

Seriouly I used to add some a half to a full pound of dry wheat malt to my brews for the full boil seemed to really work well. May just be a coincidence but I do remember reading somewhere that the protein in wheat malt did help with head retention.

Found this in BYO:
Some of the more common foam-positive ingredients include flaked wheat, flaked barley, wheat malt, and barley malt. Many brewers make a habit of adding a touch of wheat malt to every beer. At low levels the impact on flavor will be small while still imparting foam-positive characteristics.

Here is a link to whole article.
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:37 PM   #10
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We usually add about 5% Dextrin (Cara-Pils) malt in each batch.

Two of our brewing buddies kept commenting about our great head...we just smirked...and since then both have said they now do the same with great results.

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