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Old 07-21-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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I made an IPA for my fourth batch (I'm on my tenth batch now) and it's probably my favorite batch of any I've made. If I could pick out one glaring flaw, however, it would be the abnormal head that I have noticed forming after I crack a bottle (all bottled in 22 oz.'ers) and pour my first glass. No matter how gentle I pour, I get a big, fluffy, white head that is very firm. It looks like you could lay a penny on the head and it wouldn't go anywhere. The head lasts for a very long time without receding and it starts to look a bit "craggy", and it even forms on the 10 oz or so left in the bomber bottle after the first glass.

It doesn't seem to be an infection because the beer still tastes great. It's been about 5 months since I bottled this beer, and I only really noticed the beer exhibiting this head about a month ago. The bottles I drank before that time didn't have this problem. This is a mini-mash batch, about 7.5% ABV and I dry hopped with 2 oz for about a week. I can't remeber exact hop varieties as the recipe is at home and I am not.

My first thought was that this batch was just over-carbed, but I've used teh same amount of sugar to carb some (not all) of my other batches and I haven't had this problem. Anyone beer doctors want to give me a diagnosis?



 
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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is this your first partial mash? could come from your process. what was your recipe?

EDIT: I notice you said it just started doing this after some bottle aging. could be gusher infection starting, combined with high dextrins etc.




 
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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I was worried it might be infected, but there was no off flavors or smells. Is that typical of a gusher infection? This wasn't my first partial, it was my second and the recipe was pretty straight forward, with 2 row and crystal malt added to some pale malt extract.

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:31 PM   #4
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sounds awesome. what's the problem?

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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sounds awesome. what's the problem?
LOL, I knew one of these posts was coming. The problem is a glass of this beer perpetually has 3 inches of head on it, and after the head sits for a bit, it looks unappetizing, forming crags and stuff and it's really dense, not light anf fluffy. It's awkward to drink a glass of the stuff when the head never dies down.

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:16 PM   #6
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sounds like maybe you didn't 'steep' your 2-row long enough. it really needs to be mashed. you probably have a lot of complex carbs in your brew that give it that exceptional foam density. could this be what happened?

 
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:17 PM   #7
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Whats a crag? lol

Could it be as simple as an overcarbonation? I remember having some inconsistancy with carbination when I was bottle conditioning. Maybe it was warmer when your bottles were storing and the yeasties went to town
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:21 PM   #8
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This still just sounds like you have awesome head retention. That's something you want, dude. Maybe take a time lapse video or something, but a thick white head is kinda badass.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:22 PM   #9
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:27 PM   #10
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Sounds beautiful. I love that. I'm hoping to get that in a golden strong I have going at the moment. If you're having problems in carbonation consistency among batches, use scales to weigh your priming sugar and use an online or software calculator to figure the impact of temperature on the weight of sugar required for the desired volumes of CO2.


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