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Old 11-28-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default Problems with head

On my last two batches, which were very similar, I got very little head and it dissipated very quickly even when poured straight down the middle. The carbonation level seems about right when drinking and it tastes great, just not very heady. Here is the last beer I made. Note: The beer has been in bottles about 2 weeks, I stick a couple in the fridge before I go to work and drink one that evening.

Notes: 3.5oz of corn sugar used for batch priming, boiled in water and dumped in the bottom of empty bottling bucket.
The last two bottles I filled were not sanitized, (I rinsed bottles I just finished drinking from my last batch and filled 'em up) they produced tons of head and were more carbonated than the others I have tried so far...

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Try giving the beer a gentle stir after racking all of the beer on top of the sugar like you did. Sounds like you may have a little bit of uneven mixing.

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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Usual advice: wait longer, many beers take longer than 3 weeks to carbonate adequately. Give the bottles 3 days or longer in the fridge before you open them, this is reported to help with carbonation.

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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Usual advice: wait longer, many beers take longer than 3 weeks to carbonate adequately. Give the bottles 3 days or longer in the fridge before you open them, this is reported to help with carbonation.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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Actually,more like a week for decent head & carbonation. Two weeks for thicker head & longer lasting carbonation..
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #6
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I can't open the link for some reason, so I didn't see your recipe. Add a little Carapils to your grain bill for head retention.

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:04 PM   #7
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Definitely a bit early to say whether you've got "head problems." I'd fourth zeg, inhousebrew, and unionrdr's advice. Leave the bottles someplace warmish (68-72F) for another week, then put a few in the fridge. After a week in there, you should see better head retention.

If you don't, here are a few things I can think of:

1) Be sure to rinse your pint glasses very well -- dish soap kills foam.
2) Double the carapils in your recipe. 2% should be adequate, but 4% might show better results.

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I had that problem last year and finally tracked it down to insufficient rinsing of the bottles when I washed them. Batches since then have very good long lasting head with no carapils.

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:37 AM   #9
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Wow. Good advice and we are at 8 posts and counting without the standard "non-beer" responses to a lack of head...

HBT community must be maturing.

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Wow. Good advice and we are at 8 posts and counting without the standard "non-beer" responses to a lack of head...

HBT community must be maturing.
Your beer got married. Simplest and most common cause.

There, now we are on track...
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