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Old 03-26-2010, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default Toasted malt = awesome head?

Soperbrew was in town last night so he came over and we sampled a bunch of my beer, including several that I had not yet tapped into. Well my Bohemian pilsner had a head on it that was rich and creamy and rock steady.

I've yet to brew a Bo Pils that I've felt truely hits the style. They typically taste more German, and lack the grainy/bready flavor. Well in my lastest attempt I thought I'd use 1 lb of home toasted pilsner malt (~45 min @ 325 F) and see it that would help (5 gal. batch). I also added 0.5 lbs of wheat to the 7 lbs of regular Pils malt. I often add 0.5 lbs of wheat to many of my brews, and never get a head like this. Soperbrew mentioned that he had made a beer with some home toasted malt and he said that one too had an amazing head.

Additional testing will be required, but I'm thinking this might just be a great way to boost head formation. Has anybody else experienced this?

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I've only used home-toasted Maris Otter and didn't notice any major improvement...but that's MO and not Pils (i.e. lower protein).

I recently bought some Castle (Belgian) Pils and it has a great bready flavor and is great for real light colored brews imo. EDIT: I have been using a lot of Weyermann Bohemian Pils (I bought a 55# sack and am almost finished) and to me it does taste more 'German-malty' as opposed to bready.

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What I experienced was that when I used to bottle my beers they often lacked in head & head retention. Then I made Dude's LWPA (which has home toasted malt in it) and the head was outstanding. Having said that, the recipe does call for some flaked wheat as well.
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I have/ had been using ~4ounces of malted wheat to help out with head retention.

I threw 4ozs malted wheat in as usual with my first batch of Dude's LWPA and I had more head than I knew what to do with. I had head in the morning, piles and piles of head, all over the house. It was really good head too, not that weak sauce frat boy stuff.

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I toasted some 2 row for a maibock about a year or so ago....didn't notice any difference in the foam from my typical beers.
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Head retention can have more to do with your brewing process than the actual ingredients. Read more here on how the process has a profound impact on your head retention.

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