I'm a bit puzzled here, I've done some research and found both people saying that oats improve head retention and people saying that oats reduces head retention. So, what is the truth about oats and head retention?
I don't know about oats, but Carpils definitely improves head retention. I started adding it to my pale ale and every glass has an inch of foam that coats the glass and sticks around to the last swallow.
dextrin malt is used for head retention. oats are an adjunct used for mouthfeel and head retention. im not sure adding oats to a smash makes it a smash any longer. what are you using the oats for?? if youre using them strictly for head retention, might i consider flaked wheat or carapils (dextrin malt) instead. both of these work better than the oats for head retention. generally you dont find oats in too many recipes, except for say a belgin wit, or oatmeal stout.