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Old 03-11-2011, 01:33 AM   #1
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I made Charlie Papazian's Palilalia IPA but I made a few changes and I thought it turned out well:
I used 6 pounds of liquid amber extract instead of whatever they wanted.
I used two ounces NB hopes instead of 1.75
I used 1 ounce cascade to boil + 1 ounce dry hop cascade

The question is that I thought it carbonated well(I used 3/4c corn sugar), but there wasn't really any head. So what should I use to give it a nice creamy head?

PS: I am very lazy and I hate fractions.

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Old 03-11-2011, 02:40 AM   #2
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Sounds kind of hoppy. You like the tatse, then...

Try maltodextrin and flaked oats maybe. See if your local home brew store will help you with brewtarget progamming.

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Old 03-11-2011, 02:44 AM   #3
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I made Charlie Papazian's Palilalia IPA but I made a few changes and I thought it turned out well:
I used 6 pounds of liquid amber extract instead of whatever they wanted.
I used two ounces NB hopes instead of 1.75
I used 1 ounce cascade to boil + 1 ounce dry hop cascade

The question is that I thought it carbonated well(I used 3/4c corn sugar), but there wasn't really any head. So what should I use to give it a nice creamy head?

PS: I am very lazy and I hate fractions.
No head at all? Or it disappeared quickly?

How long did you bottle condition it, and at what temperature?
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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I kept it in my basement, so it was cool and dark. I guess about 50-60F? And as of last nighght it has been bottled 2 and a half weeks. I'm impatient, too.

It had a little head, it was carbonated, I like head on beer.
I really like hops, but I'm seasonal. I go for lager style beers in the summer.

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Old 03-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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Bottle conditioning is usually at 70F. It was probably too cold,& needed to condition longer to get better head retention.
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When you get to the point of trying extract + steeping grains, add 8 ounces of carapils to the grain bill.

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many things affect head & head retention (temperature, viscosity, OG, FG, yeast strain, hop quantity, glass cleanliness, etc, etc) so its hard to say what exactly needs to be done. I've never seen a head problem with extracts (most contain carapils), especially a hoppy one, so I'd just give it more time.

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You need to make bigger baches so some of the bottles make it ot conditioning longer than 4 weeks ;-)

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Getting good head is all about cleanliness: make sure you have good, clean glasses. If the beer is carbonated and you are using amber extract (wich has crystal malt in it) I don't see why the head is lacking. Maybe soap has been introdced in your process somewhere ? No soap should touch the brew kettle, bottles, glass, etc.

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Old 03-12-2011, 12:44 PM   #10
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I never use soap on anything for brewing. I always use a bleach/water mix to clean everything.

jfr made a good point about the glasses, I put those in the dishwasher but maybe I should rinse them really well with hot water. I think my dishwasher has a hot water only setting too.

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