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Old 05-06-2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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Is it normal that some brews have less, or no head, than others? Ive even had different bottles from the same batch with varying degress of head.

My Hefwiesen, Pilsner, and to a certain extent Bavarian Ale all had little, or no head when poured into the glass after 3 weeks in the bottle. I can see the carbonation bubbles. But no head.

As opposed to my IPA and Lager which both produced good head.

In all cases I used the 4-5 oz of priming sugar.

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Old 05-06-2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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I don't know the answer to the problem, but I have a porter that is the same way. Hopefully someone with solutions chimes in.

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Old 05-06-2006, 07:44 PM   #3
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It happens for a couple reasons.. The main one being how well you mixed the priming sugar.. For a 5 gal batch I try to re-stir after each 12pack bottled. Since doing the stir often method my bottles have been much more consistent. I have also been told if you rack really well both times (from primary and secondary) you can end up with some bottles being really short on yeast so it can take much longer to carbonate to a head.

I also have found if you clean with bleach and don't rinse enough it can cause it (I stopped using bleach a while ago)

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No head?! That Sucks!!

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Old 05-11-2006, 10:01 AM   #6
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Is it normal that some brews have less, or no head, than others? Ive even had different bottles from the same batch with varying degress of head.
It may also depend on your bottle-washing procedure and cleaning consistancy. Soap will reduce head and retention.

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It may also depend on your bottle-washing procedure and cleaning consistancy. Soap will reduce head and retention.

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Same goes for the vessel you pour it into. Soap/film will reduce head retention.
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May have something to do with how long you're letting it condition as well. I usually try a bottle from a new batch after 3 weeks and it usually has no head to speak of. After a couple months in the cellar I find they've developed a nice head . . . and they taste a LOT better.

If I had the patience I wouldn't touch my beers for at least 2 months. I've had a couple batches that I initially considered big disappoinments . . . but after a couple months left alone they're fantastic.

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I'm finding now that my brews take a fair bit longer than 2-3 weeks to carbonate properly. In fact, I had one that was almost flat after a month, but at 6 months was significantly fizzy.

Just give them time.

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I have the same problem and the inconsistency in the priming sugar mixing in is a good answer, I think.
The beer in the bottles I know were bottled first have much better head than the ones that were bottled last.

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