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Old 02-05-2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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retention. And better lacing would be nice. I do all grain mashes and different types; single infusion, step infusion, and decoctions. Sometimes use caraPils. Can't seem to improve it. Usually use corn sugar for bottle priming. But have used dme for bottle priming and it seemed better. Any ideas??


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Old 02-05-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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I have read a few posts on here that have stated that washing your glasses with dish soap can diminish head retention. Other then that I am sure someone who is much smarter than me will chime in with MUCH better suggestions.


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use some wheat. rye and oats also contribute to head retention, but they tend to have a bigger impact on the flavor and mouthfeel of the beer.
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use some wheat. rye and oats also contribute to head retention, but they tend to have a bigger impact on the flavor and mouthfeel of the beer.
what are your thoughts on using a small amt of unmalted wheat, boiling it and throwing it in the mash for head retention? I got a bunch of it but I guess flaked is easier.
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Do Carapils or CaraFoam really help? Whats the minimum that I need?
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I want good head...


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what are your thoughts on using a small amt of unmalted wheat, boiling it and throwing it in the mash for head retention? I got a bunch of it but I guess flaked is easier.
i've never used unmalted wheat so i can't help you there... sorry. i'm sure a quick search on this forum will yield some insights. i assume that you boil it as for the cereal mash? flaked is indeed easier - pre-gelatinized.

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Do Carapils or CaraFoam really help? Whats the minimum that I need?
2-3% is a good lower limit to aim for if you don't have any other crystals in your receipe. carapils/carafoam aren't needed a much if you have other crystals already.
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Ok, so what do the Carafoam/Carapils/Crystal contribute to the beer that gives it such great head?!? Cause I really want great head!! Oh, and lacing too. I'll try to rinse my glasses more
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Iunno. 2% Carapils will definitely get you there though.
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I think I know a working girl that can help you with your issue... she happens to be a great brewer and somehow gives all of her beers great head.


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