Not getting any head - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Not getting any head

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-03-2010, 03:14 AM   #1
mightynintendo
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
mightynintendo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 2,710
Liked 134 Times on 105 Posts



So my most recent brew, a nut brown ale, doesn't seem to be forming any head when poured from the tap. Any reason for this? It makes me sad.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:20 AM   #2
danculwell
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Coralivlle, IA
Posts: 199

I also get sad when I don't get any head. You must be married too.
__________________
dansbrew.blogspot.com
Mr. Beer Fermenter: Cider
5gal bucket fermenter (Thanks Mick) brewing supplies
6.5 Gal bucket Guiness Clone
Bottle Conditioning/Drinking:Mr Beer Wheat, Apfelwein, Graff, Grape, Lemonade, Raspberry, and Cherry Apfelwein, AHS Noble Pils (Ale)
On Deck:Who knows anymore

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:21 AM   #3
cvstrat
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Richmond, VA
Posts: 691
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts


I hate when I have this problem. It's been a few weeks for me too!

Ok seriously. How long has it been on tap? It might just not be fully carbed. If you've left it under pressure for a week or longer and you're still not getting any head you might be dispensing with too little pressure. Some brews just don't have a lot of head though no matter what you do. You could look at your recipe and see if there is room for something to enhance head retention.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:27 AM   #4
BenS
Recipes 
 
Mar 2009
Posts: 973
Liked 32 Times on 28 Posts


Try being more attentive to your 'brew' when it really matters. I get tons of head that way.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:44 AM   #5
mightynintendo
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
mightynintendo's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Raleigh, NC
Posts: 2,710
Liked 134 Times on 105 Posts


It's ironic too because I brewed this beer the weekend my fiance left for Gabon for 4 months.

It has only been in the keg for a couple days but past brews I've made would develop a nice, frothy head even uncarbonated. So recipe then? Are brown and victory malts prone to poor head development?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:54 AM   #6
HomerJR
 
HomerJR's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Indiana
Posts: 309
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts


Thread does not deliver.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:57 AM   #7
DavidSteel
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
IL
Posts: 1,068
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by HomerJR View Post
Thread does not deliver.
lol sure it does.

Just leave it sit a little while longer. Otherwise, maybe you got some soap or oil in there somehow. I'm willing to bet it's just a time thing.
__________________
Primary: None.
Secondary: Nawww
Bottled: Ó Flannagáin Standard, Random Stout, Nut Brown, Edwort's Rye IPA, Milk Stout + Coffee Milk Stout, Centennial Blonde, Pale Ale, Cthulhu Dementia Robust Porter, Nyarlathotep (I)IIPA, Willamette IPA parti-gyle, Indian Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Blueberry Oatmeal Stout, Barely Legal IIPA, Oatmeal Stout 2, Hazelnut Coffee Oatmeal Stout
Planned: RIS, Coconut Porter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 04:01 AM   #8
Runyanka
 
Runyanka's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Providence Village, Texas
Posts: 1,536
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts


All things are better with time... carbonation and head. Seriously, who would turn down 5 min of head vs 30 min of head. Patience grasshopper! (think of baseball, it will postpone premature pours).
__________________
Diverse Haus Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 04:04 AM   #9
Mmenges
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Troy, NY
Posts: 103

Sounds like a personal problem!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 04:05 AM   #10
MeatyPortion
Internet Bartender
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
MeatyPortion's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Madison, WI
Posts: 6,680
Liked 530 Times on 402 Posts


lol just lol

My wife is like wtf.
__________________
On Deck
Ed Wort's Apfelwein
Primary
murr
Kegged
I have kegs?

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Head and head retention? dougler13 General Techniques 9 04-21-2008 02:17 PM
In over my head with new cfc wildwest450 Equipment/Sanitation 1 04-03-2008 06:41 PM
I want more head!!! patriot Bottling/Kegging 8 04-03-2007 06:18 AM
too much head? moodusbeer General Techniques 11 03-28-2007 02:40 PM
Not much of a head?? NWBrewerCC All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 1 02-14-2007 09:28 PM


Forum Jump