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Homebrewing Beer => Allgrain & Partial Mash => Topic started by: bargoon on May 26, 2018, 06:51:34 PM

Title: Beer Head
Post by: bargoon on May 26, 2018, 06:51:34 PM
Made my 1st all grain - a cream ale which turned out well as to taste but lacks a frothy head.

So what methods or ingredients contribute to producing an ale with a decent frothy head?

Thanks all in advance

Brian
Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: combat32 on May 26, 2018, 09:28:45 PM
multiple things contribute to head retention.
carapils or carafoam help with head retention along with wheat malt.
a good rolling boil. i even heard fast chilling of wort helps, but cant confirm that.
carbonation and other additions to the beer, IE: anything with oils in it will reduce head retention.
good fermentation practice is always good, though it may not help head retention.
what was your recipe for the cream ale?
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Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: bargoon on May 26, 2018, 10:06:52 PM
The recipe was 17 Cream Ale - all grain from this site although it came out with a OG of 1062.
Like I said it tastes good - only been in the bottle for about a week maybe time will improve head.
Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: Jaymcmlxx on May 27, 2018, 07:12:44 AM
Time in the bottle always does wonders. Give it time, I would bet over the next few weeks this lack of head issue will resolve itself. [emoji106][emoji481]
Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: combat32 on May 27, 2018, 07:09:56 PM
yeah like Jaymcmlxx said let it age a little more.
keep us posted on how it does in another 2-3 weeks
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Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: Brew Beerymore on May 29, 2018, 02:49:51 AM
A few more tips came to mind... Maltodextrin is another ingredient that commends a nice head retention. Something that can kill it is an unclean glass, or remnants of detergent from machine washed glass. I find that torrified wheat does the trick for me.
Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: BuddhaNole on May 31, 2018, 11:15:53 AM
Also, be careful with how you wash your beer glasses. Too much detergent left on the glass will cause this for sure. Especially if you put them in the dishwasher.
Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: combat32 on May 31, 2018, 07:10:06 PM
 i wash my glasses with Dawn or Palmolive dish soap with hot hot water.
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Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: bargoon on June 01, 2018, 10:03:56 PM
Second tasting 1 week later and the head is improved but not perfect yet. I think more time in the bottle did wonders. I also washed out a glass beer mug with baking soda (seen that somewhere).

BTW there is Carafoam grain in the grain bill.

Thanks for the feedbacl ya'll

Brian
Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: bargoon on June 22, 2018, 10:37:48 PM
Seems the only issue was my patience. Several weeks later and this beer is clearing well and the head has improved.

Title: Re: Beer Head
Post by: combat32 on June 23, 2018, 09:10:26 PM
looks great!
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