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It could be undercarbed Try the plug and forget method, set at serving psi 12 and let it sit for a week. If in a rush, set to 12psi attached to the out port and tip the keg on its side slightly and swirl until it doesn't take c02 any more (you can hear the regulator and bubbles in the keg), then it's fully carbed in 30min or so (needs to be at serving temp ...


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As Denny mentioned, head formation is primarily related to protein though dissolved carbonation level will also have something to do with it. If you're adding a fixed amount of priming sugar to a single pressure vessel, as you dispense beer, the increased amount of headspace will allow some of the CO₂ to leave the beer, making it flatter. You do not want to ...


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Foam formation is related to the protein content of the beer and fermentation specifics. You can increase the protein content by steeping some non diastatic malt, like crystal, as part of your brewing liquor. Once you have the protein in your beer, increased hopping increases foam as the polyphenols in the hops bind the proteins in the beer. For the ...


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Couple possible causes. Keg line could be losing much of the carbonation. To calculate we need other info like, line diameter, tap style etc. Use a "keg line balancing" calculator like the Keg Line Balancing Calculator. Low head forming proteins From extract the proteins for body are preset, usually around what a mash of 154° would give. It should still ...


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You definitely just need to wait longer. I always wait at least two weeks, more for higher gravity beers. Waiting will not only improve the quality of the head and carbonation level, but almost everything else about the beer will get better if you give it more time. A side note on your step 6, it's best to keep splashing to a minimum when racking after ...


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Carbonating the beer from priming sugar takes at least a week, often closer to 2 to be ready. The problem here is that you were sampling a too early: After another couple of days I was tapping off nice pints of dark ale under reasonable pressure (at least I thought it was reasonable pressure - it might not have been) but with no head. I'd only tap a ...


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You might just need to let it carbonate at 20 psi for a longer period of time. I had a DIPA that didn't hit optimal carbonation for about a week at 20 psi. With the initial agitation at 30 psi, you might even have less of a wait. Just be sure to pull a sample daily until you get it to where you want it to be to ensure you don't over carbonate.


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Given that it won't hold carbonation the problem is not lack of foam positive agents nor the presence of foam negative agents. At least that is not the only problem. Neither is it a line balancing problem. I serve via 1 metre of 1/4 inch hose. It's not ideal, but I’ve pushed a Belgian Blonde through it at 20 psi. It arrives at the glass foamy but with lots ...


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This is not a problem at all, you will find most crystal malts are actually foam negative. With simple pale malts you should be able to get good head retention. For further information on the subject don't listen to me listen to the pope of foam himself Dr. Charles Bamforth. Head retention with the pope of foam.


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If the beer seems well carbonated, it is possible that the problem could be with your glassware. Some detergents, particularly dishwasher rinse agents or those with drying agents can put a film on your glass that can cause poor head retention, but if you're not having the issue with other beers (commercially bought, for example), then this may not be the ...


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Duvel is nothing but pils malt and sugar and has foam that most brewers would kill for. A lot of it is related to fermentation processes....http://byo.com/stories/article/indices/35-head-retention/697-getting-good-beer-foam-techniques


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My experience, probably less extensive than many of the respondents here, is that longer shaking and repeated shaking is needed. It's not just an issue of getting the CO2 to dissolve but rather the formation of carbonic acid needs to take place. That's not a rapid reaction. It's probably one that the presence of yeast might make more rapid, assuming that ...


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Congratulations on your first brew! A Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is generally a Black IPA. The style should have a well formed persistent head. No Head The causes of no head are numerous. Most often if the proteins are present to foam, low carbonation is to blame. A fresh rinse on a clean glass as brewchez mentioned will help with head retention but won't ...


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Poor foaming issues is usually a function of how clean your glassware is. Dishwashers often leave a residue behind that is not foam positive. Rinse your glasses really well after washing with very hot water. Let a glass soak in hot water for 5 minutes in fact. Then rinse with copious amounts of cool water, shake it out and pour your beer in. (On a side ...


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Here's a scientific publication that may interest you. (from the abstract) "Microscopic observations have shown that the fast antifoams rupture the foam films by the so-called "bridging" mechanisms, which involve the formation of oil bridges between the two surfaces of the foam film."


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Head formation and retention is mostly a factor of medium-length proteins in the beer. Extract kits are notoriously low in these medium-length proteins. This is why kit beers (such as the one you brewed) tend to have the head retention of a class of coke. :) One way to increase the beer's head is to add a lot of dry hops to the fermenter. This helps a ...


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So I asked the same question to myself about 10 years ago and did a bunch of research. Similar to shaving cream, or whipped cream from the pressurized can, the answer is related to Nitrogen. Nitro beer: It is a classification born from Guinness projects to simulate a freshly squeezed "cask conditioned" ale to all the people without access to cask ale. The ...


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