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Old 04-19-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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I am having trouble with head retention on my extract brews and thought I would see if anyone has a helpful hint that will get me a little head, pardon the pun. I do not use the dishwasher for my glasses I hand wash them and rinse well before using. Is there anything that can be done to increase the foam a little. Tired of headless beer. Thanks!!!

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Old 04-20-2013, 02:50 AM   #2
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Do you get any head at all or just no head retention. 100% extract? Partial mash.

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Best advice... move up to partial mash. Trust me... it's way easy to do and it opens up all kinds of avenues in your brewing.

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What about steeping some Carapils or Carafoam for 45 minutes at 148* - 155* at the beginning of the process?

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How well did you rinse everything that touched your beer, from the boil pot to the fermenter to the bottles, anything in that chain that isn't rinsed very well can carry soap residue to your beer and kill the head. My failure was with the bottles where I did a wash and single rinse which wasn't enough to get all the soap out. That cost me 3 batches of headless beer before I was able to find the cure. Most kits should have sufficient head forming agents without additions.

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add 250 mg of maltodextrin to the recipe

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Most kits should have sufficient head forming agents without additions.
This. You should be able to achieve decent head retention with an extract beer. Check your cleaning methods and make sure there isn't any soap residue (even a little) making it into the beer.

Could you be undercarbing?
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Dissloved protiens in the beer make head,but is driven by carbonation in the glass. AE beer should have no trouble getting good head. But I don't use dish soap or the like to clean my equipment with. PBW & a good rinse always,including bottles. But a bit of steeped carapils or maltodextrin will do the job. I do PB/PM BIAB,& always add a half pound of carapils to the mash.
One of the books most mention said that irsh moss & the like can mess with head retention due to settling out protiens. I'll be using carapils in the mash tomorrow with some super moss 10 minutes left in the boil. So we'll see how true that statement is?...

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Do you get any head at all or just no head retention. 100% extract? Partial mash.
Mainly extract with steeping grains. As for head, I don't get much and if I do it doesn't stay around long. I have tried to use a solo cup and I can get a thin layer at the top that will stay for most of the beer but usually none in a glass.
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Best advice... move up to partial mash. Trust me... it's way easy to do and it opens up all kinds of avenues in your brewing.
I think this is what I am going to try next. I am only set up for extract at the moment, does this require anything more than what would be used for extract?
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