Too much head from bottled beers - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Too much head from bottled beers

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-07-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
Kirmat
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Ypsilanti, MI
Posts: 6


I recently brewed a dunkelweizen, and in the bottling process ended up putting some of it into growlers. The beer that comes from the growlers seems perfectly carbonated, but the beer from the bottles has A LOT of head. This was our first batch-- does anyone know what could have caused this? Want to avoid in the future...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
devilishprune
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Posts: 1,241
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


Are you pouring it straight down? Or down the sides a bit?

How long have the beers been bottled?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2010, 08:00 PM   #3
shamrockdoc
 
shamrockdoc's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Posts: 1,322
Liked 13 Times on 13 Posts


more info like how much bottling sugar did you use?, are they at room temp when you open them?, etc
__________________
PRIMARY: Quartermaster Bay House Ale,Trunk Monkey Chocolate Milk Stout
SECONDARY:
NEXT UP: Praetorian Smoked IPA
KEGGED: MK Ultra Cascadian Dark Ale, 10 & Everett Wit

If you're in trouble, if no one else can help, and if you can find them....Then maybe you can hire.... THE A TEAM!


Quote:
Originally Posted by AZ_IPA View Post
I certainly hope they won't give me a hand job to see if I have a bomb tied to my junk .

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2010, 06:37 AM   #4
Kirmat
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Ypsilanti, MI
Posts: 6

More info:

We are pouring down the sides of the glass, not straight down.
Beers have been in bottles for three weeks.
Used 1 1/3 cups LME as priming sugar before bottling.
Are refrigerator-chilled when opened.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2010, 06:52 AM   #5
plaidpaint
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 94
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Maybe turbulence in the necks of the bottles? I've noticed a difference in some of mine depending what shape bottle they're in, and I need to adjust the pour a little, to avoid gurgling in the opening.

If a growler is what I think it is, then it's got a bigger opening as well, right? So maybe it just pours smoother?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2010, 09:57 PM   #6
AmandaK
 
AmandaK's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
KCMO
Posts: 1,498
Liked 143 Times on 106 Posts


I don't know about everyone else, but I don't use near that much priming sugar when bottling. I use corn sugar when I do, not LME though. Not sure on the conversion between the two.

Oh, and growlers don't keep beer carbonated as long as bottles do. At least that's what happens to the beer i get in growlers from breweries.
__________________
BJCP Master Beer Judge

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 02:56 AM   #7
Kirmat
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Ypsilanti, MI
Posts: 6

This was our first batch, followed directly from a clone recipe. The flavors are amazing, and the head isn't detrimental, but I just like to learn from the process. It very well may be that the growler did not hold carbonation as well. Seems we overcarbonated, by this theory. Thanks for the help, everyone.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2010, 01:21 PM   #8
mychalg9
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
Algonquin, IL
Posts: 248
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


My first batch or two had similar issues. Extreme head (which in other contexts would sound nice). I think it is because I used the entire package of priming sugar when the recipe probably called for less.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cold crashing bottled beers/retaining aging. Nokitchen Bottling/Kegging 6 11-07-2010 12:13 AM
Priming method for big beers or long aged beers Matt Up North Bottling/Kegging 2 12-31-2009 07:59 PM
Using fizz keepers, pump bottle tops for bottled beers ? kentronix Bottling/Kegging 1 05-19-2008 10:20 PM
never bottled before klcramer Bottling/Kegging 3 04-27-2006 11:39 AM


Forum Jump