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Old 11-16-2007, 09:22 PM   #11
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Kolsch actually And a pretty standard head on a nice homebrew, nothing to worry about.


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Old 11-16-2007, 09:31 PM   #12
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No, that is not what I was referring to at all. The one I get is after most of the head disapates, and the remaining head breaks up into 'clumps' or islands. I will try and take a pic, but I am forgetful.


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Old 11-16-2007, 09:35 PM   #13
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No I think he means that thick, small/compact/dense bubble head like on stouts.. then the head sort of dissipates a little and you get left with little solid looking collections of head and thinner swirls of it around.. I get it from my Sam Adams brews all the time. I thought it was my glass's. I use American Pint glasses but they have ridges on the inside.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:20 PM   #14
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No, that is not what I was referring to at all. The one I get is after most of the head disapates, and the remaining head breaks up into 'clumps' or islands. I will try and take a pic, but I am forgetful.
You hit the nail on the (you guessed it) head. That is exactly what I see in my beer. Not a head that stands up and takes a bow like EdWorts. It does stand up for a good 5-10 minutes but by the time I am 3/4 of the way down the glass then I get the islands.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:53 AM   #15
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Yeah, mine's not like Ed Wort's picture at all. It's also when the head dissipates and breaks up into islands of bubbles that stay together even when roused.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:34 AM   #16
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Maybe it's what you're using to clean the glassware?

Could be rinse-aid type stuff breaking down the head just leaving islands in the middle where the stuff hasn't got to yet. That's my theory.
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Yeah, I tried rinsing the glasses. It did not correct the problem.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:53 PM   #18
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You guys don't pour then wait for the head to settle? I always drank from bottles until the day I signed up here..

I rinse my glass, leave upside down on a paper towel, grab beer, open, pour, smell, put back on counter.. take a whizz, grab my beer and then start drinking.. The head settles and I get better flavor (i think) when I let the beer settle in the glass a couple of minutes.. most beers lose their head, not the stouts I buy..
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Do you mean something like this? Usually I get a star pattern of sorts, and I'm trying to figure it out myself. I start out with a great head which slowly subsides and breaks apart into sections similar to this. I think it has to do with head retention issues. After to listening to a recent Brew Strong podcast I think it might be due to me using a paint stirrer to aerate which would break down a lot of the "foam-once" proteins.


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