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Old 08-22-2008, 01:36 PM   #31
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I think either of those should be fine. Nugget probably works well, too.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:58 AM   #32
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I was wondering if anyone might have an answer for why this happened...

As I poured from the bottle into my pint glass the beer fizzed almost like a carbonated soda and the head dissipated like a soda as well. Might I need to add Carapils to this beer to help with head retention, or did I just really screw this up?

 
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:11 AM   #33
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You never can tell about head retention. Carapils, flaked oats or flaked barley can sometimes help, though.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:47 PM   #34
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Ok, I'll try some different grains to see the results, but man it fizzed exactly like a soda and died that quickly. Could it be the bourbon? The oak chips I added? Or, I mean I use the no rinse five star sanitizer, could that be the issue, maybe there was some residue left in my bottles to cause it?

 
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:02 PM   #35
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Oh, did you use vanilla beans? The oils may be killing the head. Forgot about that.
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:27 AM   #36
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yea, I added vanilla beans into the secondary. So they might be causing the fizzle. Darn!!! How was the head on your batch?

 
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:18 PM   #37
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I think the batch with beans had less head than the batch with pure extract. I really don't care about a big head on a beer though. It may be visually pleasing, but it doesn't change the taste of the beer IMO.
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Old 08-29-2008, 02:43 AM   #38
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Sweet!!!! Ok, so it must have been the cleaning agent I used didn't wash out completely from the one bottle, because I opened a few more tonight and well...damn that is some good beer. Nice oak and bourbon up front and finishes with that same oakish bourbon zing, but also a silky smooth vanilla in the background. Awesome!!

 
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:59 PM   #39
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I like to drink Breckenridge Vanilla Porter quite a bit when I can find it. I distinctly remember from the Tap and from the Bottle little to no head retention. Perhaps its a characteristic of this beer?? (also voting for the oils from the beans)

 
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:20 AM   #40
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I believe I have just found my next beer. It mixes my two most favorite things in the world. Beer and Makers Mark!!!!! Can life get any better?

 
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