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Old 05-28-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Default No head retention

So after several brews, the common complaint i get from myself (and others) is that there's no head at all on my beers. i have used carafoam or maltodextrin in every boil but i dont seem to get any benefit from them. Does anyone else experience very little head from bottled homebrews? Would a longer boil help this issue? Any other suggestions? Thanks


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Old 05-28-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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Do you use finings? Overuse of finings can kill head. Some degree of protein is important.

Are you beers nicely carbed?

What's the FG?


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I use one whirlfloc tablet per 5G boil. should i cut it to half a tab? or cut it out all together? seems to be a strong debate on its effectiveness/necessity. the bottles do end up fully carbed, even overly so occasionally with still no head. FG usually around 1.011...
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Do you do a protein rest? Excessive protein rests can kill head.

One whirlfloc's fine. FG's fine.
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Any chance the glasses could have some soap residue on them from the dishwasher? That can kill foam retention. It might not be the beer that is the problem.
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I'll check the glasses, hadn't considered that. thanks
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I'll check the glasses, hadn't considered that. thanks
I'd suggest doing a "salt scrub" on a beer glass. make a paste of salt and water, and scrub your glass with it. Then rinse well. Pour a beer and see if it's better.

Never use soap on your barware, and never put beer glasses in the dishwasher!
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What cleanser is best besides soap after the salt scrub? I've have always hand-washed with dish soap but am having the same issue...
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I use one whirlfloc tablet per 5G boil. should i cut it to half a tab? or cut it out all together? seems to be a strong debate on its effectiveness/necessity. the bottles do end up fully carbed, even overly so occasionally with still no head. FG usually around 1.011...
My final volume is 8.3 gallons - I use 2 whrilfloc tabs 15 minutes before flame out.

No problem with head retention ever.

I ALWAYS use Carapils - at the rate of approx. 3% It's very inexpensive and supposed to enhance head retention.
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I use one whirlfloc tablet per 5G boil. should i cut it to half a tab? or cut it out all together? seems to be a strong debate on its effectiveness/necessity. the bottles do end up fully carbed, even overly so occasionally with still no head. FG usually around 1.011...
fully carbed but no head/foam how long are you letting them sit after bottling.


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