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Old 12-10-2008, 10:22 PM   #1
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I made the Irish red from Midwest as my first brew. I have let it rest, condition in the bottle, and drunk about all but 5 of the brews.

No myself, and everyone that I have shared it with all same the same thing.

Great flavor, nice "roasty" taste, no head, very thin in the mouth.

What can you add to improve this.

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Old 12-10-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
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We asked the guy at our beer store what we could do to get a nice head out of our IPA and he suggested adding some wheat. I am not sure what kind or how much.

I have a friend who insists that cleaning the beer glasses with dish detergent ruins the head. He and his brother use to grade pubs in England on the quality of the Guiness poors, and the glass was one way to get knocked down. This was an actual job of his brother paid by guiness, my friend was along to drink the beer since his brother had to drive.



 
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:02 PM   #3
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Are you sure it was properly carbonated?

 
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Are you sure it was properly carbonated?
Nope.

It did have nice pop and fizz when I opened it, but I still think it was under carbed for what ever reason.

We will see if the second comes out better.

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Old 12-10-2008, 11:57 PM   #5
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Probably under carbonation, and what types of grain did you use? Grains have certain characteristics such as nutty, roasty, etc., and some give you different amounts of HEAD. I'm a noob but that is what I have read in my hours (well days) onthis site
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:45 AM   #6
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21 days at 70+ degrees is the minimum for full carbonation.

 
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:40 AM   #7
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Guess I have a dirty mind...subject line had me thinking entirely wrong here!!!

 
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:57 AM   #8
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Guess I have a dirty mind...subject line had me thinking entirely wrong here!!!
LOL - I almost made a similar comment. Reminded me of my ex !

 
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:11 PM   #9
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Assuming you're not under carbed, try some carapils, great head retention and body.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:19 PM   #10
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sounds like under carbonated to me too. How long did it take to drink the batch? If it was a matter of weeks, then I'm wondering if you noticed that they were getting progressively more carbonated as you drank them...?

Still...you say you noticed a 'pop' when you opened them, which suggests that the carbonation was there. Maybe the specialty grains (as others have mentioned) would help with the mouthfeel, etc.



 
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