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Old 07-23-2008, 05:26 AM   #1
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now that i've got your attention with the title

i've brewed several batches and all have been lacking a good solid head

the book says it is a dirty glass but i don't think that is all my problem

this last batch i used 7/8 cups of priming sugar in stead of the usual 3/4

but it didn't seem to make a difference

is there anything i can add to get a really healthy head from my homebrew??

 
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:36 AM   #2
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I presume you are an extract brewer.

You can try steeping speciality grains to help.
Other than that I guess it's down to the quality of the wort you use.
Adding more priming sugar will no give you better head retention it could just cause bottle bombs if you're not careful.

I'm not an extract brewer though so have limited experience.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:47 AM   #3
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add a little wheat to the steeping (maybe 3 oz or more) that should help. IMHO, if the beer is good then head is the last thing to tweak.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:51 AM   #4
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I had the same problem at first too...but then I realized I was pouring my brew like I would a BMC at a party- the standard 45 degree angle thing almost the whole way so i get no head at all. I caught myself and changed up my pour to a half tilt then straight pour method.

You probably were already pouring like a person with common sense, but I figure I'm not the only one out there who was this dumb...or am I? Probably.

Additionally, though specialty grains did a lot for my head retention as well...once I stopped pouring as if I needed every drop in the glass did a lot as well.
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:39 AM   #5
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You've probably heard it before but I am going to say it again: Drop extract all together and go all-grain. Instant coffee is never going to replace a crafted Espresso, and extract will never replace all-grain.

My next tip is to use a little bit of Cara-pils malt and/or oats in your mash. The oats tend to make the beer "velvety", so it's best suited to stouts and/or english style beers/ales.

I have had very good results with Cara-pils. That will give you head!

 
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:55 AM   #6
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the title defiantly got my attention haha...i used some crytal malt on one of my extract brews and the head was significanly larger (that sounded dirty). Good luck with getting more head
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:26 AM   #7
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Any of the Cara-Malts will help as will a bit of wheat
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:36 AM   #8
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I read this a few weeks ago: http://www.beersmith.com/blog/2008/0...-home-brewers/

It may answer some of your questions.

 
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:09 PM   #9
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thanks everyone you have given me some very good ideas

yeah i was pouring at the 45 degree angle - i never even thought about that

and i know doing an all grain would be much better but for me it is about having fun and the all grain just seems like too much work

i think i would loose interest with it too soon

i have a friend here that does it and he says it takes him about 8 hours to do a batch of beer - thats just too much of my free time to give up

 
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:43 PM   #10
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well it's like 8 hours for AG but with hour long waiting were you can do other things.
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