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Old 01-18-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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I made a batch of the White House Honey Ale. It was really great... for about a week. Now whenever I drink any of it, the beer turns to foam in my mouth immediately. I can't drink it because by the time you swallow it isn't liquid.

Is this just a result of over carbonation? I don't have any problems with too much foam when I open the bottles.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Are you drinking it out of the bottle? It sounds like you are and it is either over carbed or infected.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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I was just remembering having that same experience with cheap soda pop. I was speculating that the excess carbonation was reacting with the amylase enzymes in our saliva?...
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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Yeah, I usually drink it straight out of the bottle. When I pour in a glass, it does produce quite a bit of head. More than I'd like, but I'd still expect the beer to settle down and remain liquid when I try to drink it.

I don't think the batch is infected. At least, it doesn't smell bad and it doesn't taste bad either (as good as foam can taste). It was great for a couple days, so I'm guessing it just over carbonated?

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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I never drink from a bottle (I don't drink wine straight from the bottle either) You want to get the carbonation out of the liquid so that you are not delivering straight to your stomach. You will find that you not only have more room for beer, but you will pick up more of the taste from the beer when you have done a proper pour. Not only is the glass important, but the style of glass also plays a major role in the taste of the beer. (Belgian restaurants have been known to refuse to serve brands when the appropriate glassware is not stocked)

Here is more info...you will definitely enjoy your beer more from a glass.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/pour

Here is how different styles of glassware affect the taste and aroma of beer
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/glassware.php
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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Do you like yeast in every sip of your beer? I imagine not. Drink it out of a glass with some respect for the beer you made.

Anyways, what was the FG? How much priming sugar did you use? Did you add it per bottle or to the batch as a whole?

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:34 PM   #7
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it sounds like they're overcarbonated if you get too much head when pouring into a glass (which you should be doing anyway). Make sure your beers hit an appropriate FG and check the volume of beer and amt of priming sugar next time to avoid this in the future.
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Foaming can also happen to beers that aren't chilled long enough to get the co2 into solution. The excess co2 in the head space can act as a nucleation point,causing the foam.
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If you made it from a kit, it's unlikely that you primed with too much sugar, but it could be that you didn't hit your FG before bottling. That would effectively mean additional sugars being converted in the bottle, leading to over-carbonation.

But yes, agreed with everyone about not drinking from the bottle. I hate wasting beer, but leaving that last sip in the bottle at the end of the pour improves the quality of the whole pint.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:26 PM   #10
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If you made it from a kit, it's unlikely that you primed with too much sugar
If he boiled off too much or lost a lot in racking, he could have ended up with less beer than the kit anticipates causing overpriming.
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