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Old 12-30-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Advice: mash not producing head in carboy

Hello, I have a slight issue with one of my mashes that I currently have in a carboy. This mash is a dark beer that I have had working for over a week already. It has not produced a head and seems to be working, as the bottom dwelling yeast is producing co2. I have tasted the malt at various stages and it has good flavor yet the mash has a hard to describe zest as "flat soda." This is the only way I could describe it.

Please advise. I will provide information as needed

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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By mash, do you mean wort?
Not all yeasts create a krousen (head).
Did you take a gravity reading before pitching yeast? What is the gravity now?
What was your recipe, method, and yeast type?

I suspect you need to work on terminology so that we can help. Check this: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/terms.php

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All fermentations are different. It sounds like its working, and if its only just over a week its still young and not your "finished product". What yeast was it?

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #4
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By mash, do you mean wort?
Not all yeasts create a krousen (head).
Did you take a gravity reading before pitching yeast? What is the gravity now?
What was your recipe, method, and yeast type?

I suspect you need to work on terminology so that we can help. Check this: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/terms.php
Thank you. I do apologize my terminology is quite faulty at this time.

I will attempt to explain further. This recipe I received from a friend. It is attached to this message. I know they are very weak, but the end result should mproduce a chocolate flavor beer with wheat and notes of oats. I'm thinking this recipe is flawd.

The gravity I do not understand or why it is needed. I did not take this measurement with this first batch.

Yeast is dry ale yeast, bottom dwelling.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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Thank you. I do apologize my terminology is quite faulty at this time.

I will attempt to explain further. This recipe I received from a friend. It is attached to this message. I know they are very weak, but the end result should mproduce a chocolate flavor beer with wheat and notes of oats. I'm thinking this recipe is flawd.

The gravity I do not understand or why it is needed. I did not take this measurement with this first batch.

Yeast is dry ale yeast, bottom dwelling.
May I also add I made 5 gallons of this, double the recipe.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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No base malt or extract?? If u didn't add any, that would be y there isn't any activity

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No base malt or extract?? If u didn't add any, that would be y there isn't any activity
The recipe did not call for any. There is activity, but not a ton. Now, does a malt or extract needed for a beer?
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Yes. Malt extract is needed for making beer.

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Yes. Malt extract is needed for making beer.
Ok then, I will have to modify this recipe to add a malt extract. Any suggestions for this?
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Toss in 5 pounds of Light malt extract. Depends on how much space you have in the fermenter, but you could do a 6 gallon or 7 gallon batch. (Boil the extract in 1-2 gallons of good water).

This may save your batch.

Personally, I think you are better off spending the extra 5 dollars on yeast and 5 dollars on specialty grains, and just start over

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