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Old 09-13-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Does Melanoidin malt aid head retention? The benefit is availability.

Carafoam and others are not available to me presently.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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no, but you should not need those malts to have good head retention. if you must have something, wheat/rye & flaked barley work well in place of crystal

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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OK, that's good to know. I just cracked a stout with great flavour but a more determined head would be nice. It's only been in the bottle a month but I was curious. If it's a problem I will try some flaked barley.

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Old 09-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #4
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.5lbs of flaked wheat gives me a head that is crazy strong! i put .5wheat in most my beers for that reason alone

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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Only flaked wheat, not malted wheat, right? Malted wheat does little to nothing for head retention?

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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I have a lot of wheat berries which are generally milled for bread. Will it act like flaked wheat or is the flaking process required to have it work correctly?

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:59 AM   #7
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Flaked wheat is gelatinized by the flaking process, wheat berries are not, you'd need a cereal mash to use them in the same manner.

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:36 AM   #8
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Cereal mash with local wheat it is. Looks easy enough - but then again doing things is usually the part that adds the complexity.

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