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Danny013

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I brewed an Irish Red and got it all bottled, no problems. It been in the bottle for 2 weeks and when I pour it there is no head at all. Decent carbonation, could use a little more aging though. Even if I pour it straight down the middle of the glass all I get is a few bubbles on the surface that dissapate almost instantly. My glasses are clean, too.

I did have some bottle in oxyclean to get rid of labels, could this be the problem? I'm sure I rinsed them well, and it was only half the bottles.

Any ideas/theories? Thanks!
 
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Wash them by hand with a little bit of soap, and rinse very well. It hasn't had any effect on any of my other beers or beers I buy.
 

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how long are the bottles being chilled?

chill for 3 days so the beer can absorb the CO2, then try pouring
 

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I noticed a big difference in carbonation in my stout from the two week point to now (almost 4weeks). You might see some improvement the longer it sits.
 

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Are you using flip tops bottles? I did a kolsch and more than half didn't have much carbination. Same bubbles, even when i poured it in fast. I beleive my problem on that batch was i didn't stir the priming sugar when i added it. I forgot, and i don't think i set the flip tops well. Every other batch I did was with bottle caps and they were great..Give it some more time. Now that i think about it, as time went by i think they got a little better. By then they were all gone..
 
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Sounds great. Should I be worried at all about oxyclean residue in the bottles and now in my beer?

Edit - I'm capping the bottles.
 

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Don't sweat it. Oxyclean isn't dangerous, according to the material safety data sheet. Besides, beer is resilient. There's very little that will ruin it completely - you have to throw more at it than a little residue.
 

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And oxyclean rinses pretty well....I'd only worry if granuales of the stuff that didn't dissolve made it into my beer.
 
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