I know there are lots of questions on this site regarding head retention, but I feel like none of the answers are helpful.
I recently made a hefeweizen. 50% wheat malt, 50% pilser malt with about 13-14 IBUs. The beer turned out great except that it has zero head retention. I get a thin layer of foam that dissipates in 5-10 seconds. I have had this problem in the past and I've tried all the traditional advice but nothing seems to help.
Still, I must be doing something wrong.
- Single infusion mash at 67 C (~152 F).
- 90 minute boil with all the hops added after 30 minutes.
- Cooled quickly with my counterflow chiller, takes about 10 minutes.
- 30 second burst of pure O2
- Pitched a 3 liter starter of WLP380. Wort temp at about 13 C (~55 F).
- Fermented at 15 C (59 F) for one week, then left it for another three weeks at 20 C (68 F) to finish and get rid of the sulphur smell.
- Bottled using 7 grams of table sugar per liter wort.
- The bottles have been at room temperature for four weeks now. They are well carbonated and taste great.
- My kettle, mash tun and all other equipment is soaked in PBW solution for about an hour after each use, then thoroughly rinsed off using hot tap water and a soft brush. I've made sure there's no PBW residue left.
- My fermenter is also cleaned using PWB, rinsed with tap water, then sanitized with star-san solution. I leave the fermenter filled with star-san at least 30 minutes before transfering the wort.
- I clean my bottles using PBW too. I soak them for 10 minutes and clean them with a bottle brush. Then I rinse them with water and sanitize with star-san solution. I leave them to dry on a bottle tree.
- My beer glasses are cleaned by leaving them in PBW solution over night, then cleaned with a dedicated soft brush, rinsed with hot tap water and left to air dry on a rack.
Things I've tried:
- Adding a bit of cara foam malt: No visible effect.
- Ordered a water quality report: My tap water is clean and very low on minerals.
- Switching to a different brand for my ingredients: No visible effect.
Has anyone here had similar problems in the past? I feel like I'm out of things to try.
So, to sum every thing up:
I get this:
I want this:
How do I get there?