Homebrewing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

My recent brew (#2) is well carbonated, but has little head to it when poured (and what's there dissipates quickly). Is it over carbonated? Too much priming sugar?

Also, I am used to seeing a strong head on bottled craft brews from the store, so does the amount of head mean anything about the brew itself?

Homebrew #2:

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Check that your glass is totally clean and free from oils and detergent. I doubt the beer lost it's head because of overcarbonation (and I don't think you've overcarbonated.) Even if you did, wheat beers tend to be served with medium-high to high levels of carbonation.

The head stability is produced from proteins and hop acids. Looking at the recipe in the kit, there should be plenty of each - especially so being a wheat beer. So, I'd check the glass to make sure it's completely clean and free from oils and soaps.

share|improve this answer
Thanks! I'll make sure to do a good clean/rinse before my next pour. – kbjohnson90 Jul 11 '13 at 19:25
In emphasis, detergents such as dish soap are notorious for leaving residual oils on plastic and other surfaces, which will most certainly effect head retention. The importance of thorough rinsing cannot be understated. – Scott Jul 11 '13 at 19:27

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.