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Old 02-05-2013, 03:52 AM   #1
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I poured a beer this weekend and almost got no head. Tonight I poured the same beer but in a chilled glass and got mass head. It in a red amber ale. Why is that?

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:54 AM   #2
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Same style glasses? How were they cleaned?

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:03 AM   #3
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Be nicer to her?

Really though, did you make sure to gently stir in your priming sugar? Unless your priming sugar is mixed into the batch well you'll have inconsistency in carbonation between bottles.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:09 AM   #4
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I cleaned the glass in the sink each time. I did stir in the priming sugar. I tried to pour it the same way but maybe that was it.

Maybe I should have wined and dined her the first night!

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:52 AM   #5
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I poured a beer this weekend and almost got no head. Tonight I poured the same beer but in a chilled glass and got mass head. It in a red amber ale. Why is that?
Maybe the first time you had something in the glass that the beer cleaned up so you could get a good head the next time.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:06 PM   #6
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Don't use dish soap to wash your beer glasses. It contains an enzyme that sheets off water spots. It coats the glass & kills the head. So freezing the glass might've done something to it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #7
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Feed her more beer
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #8
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Don't use dish soap to wash your beer glasses. It contains an enzyme that sheets off water spots. It coats the glass & kills the head. So freezing the glass might've done something to it.
I wash my glasses all the time with dish soap and have no problems with head retention or lacing. After drinking, I rise them with how water, scrub lightly inside & out with a sponge that dispenses Dawn dish detergent, then rinse again and dry immediately. Always have great head on my beers & good lacing. I've seen argument about dish soap on here several times, just don't think it holds up. There must be something else causing poor head retention.

 
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:37 PM   #9
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I have had something similar. In my case, my first two beers had nice thick heads. The next six beers had almost none. But, there was a lot of small bubbles in the beer, so it was carbonated. Any thoughts? Your help is appreciated as I am inexperienced.

 
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Head is created by dissolved proteins in the beer. But is driven after that by carbonation. Dark styles generally have less head than lighter ones,unless something like carapils is added to enhance it.
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