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guitarnnblack 06-08-2012 03:30 AM

Lots of head
So this is my first post, second brew.

I made a Sierra Nevada clone, which taste very close and is clear yada, yada, yada...

My problem is that no matter what I do, it foams up horribly when I pour it from a bottle into a glass.
Any ideas what could be causing this?

Krazykripple 06-08-2012 03:38 AM

does it seem overcarbed or gush when you open the bottle? do you pour it particularly vigorously?

Genjin 06-08-2012 04:48 AM

How long have they been in the fridge before you open them? How much sugar did you prime with?

rappyfreak 06-08-2012 05:09 AM

Also rinse glass with water before serving so there is a coat of water on the inside and less foaming.

homebrewdad 06-08-2012 01:51 PM

How long have they been carbing up? Three weeks at 70 degrees is the baseline, then put them in the fridge a couple of days to dissolve that CO2 into solution. If you are pouring bottles that are not yet fully carbed, you can actually get too much foam.

If you are SURE that they are carbed up, then look at your process. How much priming sugar did you use? Did you boil the sugar and use the solution, did you just toss dry sugar into the beer, did you try to prime bottles individually?

inturnldemize 06-08-2012 04:30 PM

Sounds like a priming problem to me. Maybe too much sugar was added when bottling.

If they aren't gushing and/or don't taste off or sour you probably don't have an infection.

jbaysurfer 06-08-2012 05:18 PM

Homebrew dad gave the answer I was going to give. Put those beers in cold storage so the liquid can absorb the c02.

If you feel like the beer is super foamy, yet when you drink it isn't bubbly and effervescent this is likely your solution. If it's a case where th bubbles really pop on your toungue and cling to the sides of the glass within the beer liquid (not in the head space) then maybe it's a priming problem.

Most righteous first post and thread title btw!

HopJuicer 06-08-2012 05:56 PM

You lucky sob!

To your brew troubles, jbaysurfer and homebrew dad are on the right track

NordeastBrewer77 06-08-2012 08:07 PM

Did anyone else click on this thread expecting a bit more? :ban: :ban:

Really though, homebrewdad and jbay nailed it. let 'em sit in the fridge for a few or more days after they're carbed up.

guitarnnblack 06-09-2012 01:07 AM

I added the correct amount of sugar (the store had it all measured out)
I have had it carbing for about two weeks now. There are no funny tastes, and nothing funny happening omn the side of the glass... just a ton of head when you pour it!
I am thinking I may have jumped the gun on the brew too, book says it will prime at 3-6 weeks and I am pushing the two week mark.

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