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Old 11-10-2009, 04:54 PM   #21
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Holy crap, this might be it! When I filled it up, the starsan foam blocked my view of filling it. It was so over filled I had to siphon beer back out of the keg to get the lid on. I'll drink some more pints in the next few days and hit it on high PSI again. Hopefully you are right JesseRC.
Do the beer shaking test first... it is easy and will give you an absolute answer before moving ahead.

 
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:59 PM   #22
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How about the sanitation of the lines and tap?

 
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:49 PM   #23
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Do the beer shaking test first... it is easy and will give you an absolute answer before moving ahead.
Don't worry. I will be doing this first thing tonight Pol. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:50 PM   #24
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How about the sanitation of the lines and tap?
I run Starsan through the lines and tap between every beer.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:12 PM   #25
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Well, there are a couple compounds in beer responsible for head formation, and head retention... Protien Z and LTP1

What was your fermentation temp? That will affect it.

How vigorous was the boil? This will affect it.

What was your yeast pitch rate? This will affect it.

How well was the wort aerated? This will affect it.

Do you "shake" our kegs to quickly carb them? This will affect it.
I was curious about this stuff so I did some googling. This is a pretty good article:

http://www.byo.com/stories/technique...oam-techniques

 
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:42 PM   #26
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Alright, shaking the beer up in a container created all kinds of foam. I'm just going to assume that JesseRC was right. I filled this keg up to the absolute top. I guess next time I'll leave a little more room. Or just not worry about it and drink. Thanks for the help guys!

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Old 11-11-2009, 02:05 AM   #27
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Your carbonation is OK. I'm thinking it's something else. I'm still going back to the use of wet hops. Everything I've ever read talks about the hops being dried before use (cf Mark Garetz, Using Hops: The Complete Guide to Hops for the Craft Brewer, 1994).
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:08 AM   #28
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Even craft brewers use wet hops, and I have not heard of them having issues when they do.

Bottom line, the beer will create head, he already proved that. Now, for some reason, it isnt. But, the beer is capable, so it isnt the beer. It is an outside force. The shaking test is the key.

 
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:54 AM   #29
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What happens when you just barely crack the tap open? That usally creates one hell of a foamy mess...
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What happens when you just barely crack the tap open? That usally creates one hell of a foamy mess...
Yeah, I guess I could try that until it starts creating head naturally, if the lack of head space is the reason.
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