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How much head retention do you get from a caramunich III compared to crystal malt?

I know perhaps the best malt for head retention is carafoam. However I was wondering how other malts known for this property compare to each other. Specially caramunich vs crystal malts. As I want to ...
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Potential fat in wort, what's going to happen?

I had some bad luck the other day and half way through my boil a small but significant amount of water fell in my brew from my extractor fan. I haven't given the extractor a good clean in a while and ...
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Fat residues on bottles or glasses, causing bad head retension: how to dissolve and remove it?

I have a rather concrete issue for those of you well versed in the chemical sciences: The situation I know for a fact that most of the bottles I am using have been contaminated on the inside with ...
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Suggestions for a thin/no head Wit?

Will maltodextrin and dry hopping post fermentation help a no head/thin beer? The beer has been on 8lbs of CO2 at 34F for over a month (should be around 2 volumes). (I'm guessing it was my ...
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What causes head retention?

Which ingredients used in the making of beer lead to a head that is retained, as compared to other carbonated alcoholic drinks (cider, champagne) which generally have zero head? I'm interesting in ...
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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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How does oil inhibit head formation? Do citrus oils inhibit head formation?

Two part question: (1) How does oil inhibit formation of head in beer? Homebrewers take as gospel that oil-containing ingredients such as nuts will negatively impact head. But I can't find any ...
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Use of maltodextrin to increase head retention & body, how much & when added for 5 gallon batch?

My HBS recommends maltodextrin to increase body & head retention, when and how much should be added to 5 gallon batch?
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Removing oily film

On my last homebrew when I transferred my beer to a bucket for bottling I noticed that the top had an oily shimmer to it. When I tried the beer a few weeks later the beer came out with pretty weak ...
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Why is the beer head and head retention important?

Does the head improve something on the beer flavour/aroma? Back home in Brasil, the folk has it that head is useful to keep the beer cold, but in colder lands (and warmer beers) as they have in ...
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Head Retention improves with bottle conditioning?

I brewed an oatmeal stout and bottled it about 2 months ago. Most of the batch was drank within a few weeks of bottling. Tonight I opened the last bottle. This pour had significantly better head ...
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How to keep your head on an oatmeal porter?

I am going have a re-brew of an oatmeal porter recipe that came out really well. The only downside (for me) was that it effectively had zero head. How can I increase head retention but still get the ...
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After how long of a boil will LPT1 and other head retention proteins denature?

I've read that certain proteins denatured during the wort boil is responsible for causing great, delicious foam. I don't get me no foam. I'm also doing partial boils using extract. So my question ...
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What causes the lack of head formation/retention in my Belgian beers?

I just finished brewing a series of 5 Belgian beers, and at least 3 of them have exhibited problems with head formation and retention. I haven't tried the last 2 beers yet, so I can't say if those ...
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Crystal Malt - How does it influence head retention?

Crystal malt is said to positively influence head retention / foam stability in the final beer. Why is that?
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How do I improve head retention?

I have noticed that many of my beers have terrible head retention. How can I improve this? I usually brew lighter hoppier ales.