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Old 06-22-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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So got done with my first batch and it's been in the bottles for 2.5 weeks. Cracked one open the other day (after putting it in the fridge for a few hours)to test, carbed well and tastes fine (perhaps a little green still). My problem is the head retention. There is pretty much none. Not sure at this point if it's fixable, or if it just take more time in the bottle or whatever. Mainly I'd just like to know what may cause it and how to fix it for future batches. Thanks!

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:20 PM   #2
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What's your recipe?
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:20 PM   #3
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add a pound of flaked barley to your grain bill then stand back as you pour, or get knocked back by that rocky head.

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:21 PM   #4

What style of beer is it? Not all styles are supposed to have a lot of head retention; indeed in some styles it is a fault.

With my lagers I use cara-pils for head retention. Flaked barley is an interesting suggestion; I will look into that.
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #5
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So got done with my first batch and it's been in the bottles for 2.5 weeks. Cracked one open the other day (after putting it in the fridge for a few hours)to test, carbed well and tastes fine (perhaps a little green still). My problem is the head retention. There is pretty much none. Not sure at this point if it's fixable, or if it just take more time in the bottle or whatever. Mainly I'd just like to know what may cause it and how to fix it for future batches. Thanks!
Take another one, put in fridge for 2-3 days.that should fix the problem. Beer needs two-three days in the fridge to absorb the CO2.
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:24 PM   #6
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Ok, I thought some more time in the fridge would fix it (will definitely do that). It was an Amber Ale (from an extract kit)...pretty basic beer.

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:28 PM   #7
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how do you clean your glasses? could be an issue with soap or a rinsing agent. see here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/beer...lasses-252615/

 
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Ok, I thought some more time in the fridge would fix it (will definitely do that). It was an Amber Ale (from an extract kit)...pretty basic beer.
Yeah that should definitely fix the problem. Try it, let us know on friday or sat if it fixes your problem.
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What style of beer is it? Not all styles are supposed to have a lot of head retention; indeed in some styles it is a fault.

With my lagers I use cara-pils for head retention. Flaked barley is an interesting suggestion; I will look into that.
i brewed a pale ale with a pound of flaked barley in the grain bill and a week after bottling (too early i know but i do this to see how things are progressing) the head on the beer was thick and rocky. amazing to me.

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:22 PM   #10
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I'll send an update after I fridge it for a few days. Thanks all!

 
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