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Old 05-09-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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Why does my beer have so much head? It's been bottle for month now

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:31 AM   #2
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How much priming sugar did you use?

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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I used what came with my kit. When I bottled I got 42 bottles then the 50 someone bottles they said I should have gotten dont know if they make a different.

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:36 AM   #4
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When I saw the title of this post I simply thought "there is no such thing". Sorry...

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42 bottles is pretty weak for a standard 5 gallon batch which I'm assuming the kit planned for. So it could be a little rich on the priming sugar.

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Old 05-09-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
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Also, how long did you ferment for? Did you take hydrometer readings? Do you know if it was a 4 oz or 5 oz packet of priming sugar (I have seen both in 5 Gal kits). How long did you refrigerate it before opening?

Too much residual sugar from the ferment or too much priming sugar could cause it. Additionally you could get gushers (think mentos and diet coke) if you do not chill it for long enough (i find cooling for 24 hours minimum is a good idea) the sediment in the bottle can provide nuculeation sites and make for a lot of head.

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I'm not sure about the sugar. I ferment for 3weeks. It was my first batch and I didnt take hydrometer reading.

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Old 05-09-2013, 01:09 PM   #8
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Is this an extract kit? If so what kind of extract did you use? Also, was it all extract or did you steep some grains as well?

I found on a couple early batches that the extracts I used already contained some specialty grains. Then steeping more specialty grains it seemed to have too many. There was never an issue with a gusher, and if I drank from the bottle it was amazing. If I poured to a glass, there was a very thick head that would hold up the bottle cap and didn't go away. It was roughly half beer and half foam no matter how carefully I poured.

Then again maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. I'm pretty new.

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Try chilling your glass to the same temperature as the beer.

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Old 05-09-2013, 05:35 PM   #10
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You need to look up your gravity readings. See if you were on target. OG and FG are pretty crucial numbers. Like others have said before. I'm leaning on the fact your beer wasn't quite finished before you bottled it. OR you went a little heavy priming sugar.

Either way, I'd keep it chilled and drink it up. If it gets warm you may pop a few bottles. Been there done that... LOL

But too much head...its never a truly bad thing is it?

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