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Reduce head of bottled beer

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Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:34 pm
by Redtown
i have a bottled beer that is good aside from way to much head is there any product I can add as I pour into a glass to knock it down a bit?

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:22 pm
by Klickitat Jim
You might try simply popping off the caps and putting new sanitized caps on. Maybe that would let some of the over pressure off. Give them a. Few days afferward to simmer down.

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:02 am
by dmtaylor
You could pop all the caps and pour into a sanitized pitcher, then refill and recap. Major PITA but it will help. Or every time you have a beer, pour into a pitcher first, let settle for 10 minutes, then pour into your pint glass.

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:50 pm
by brewinhard
dmtaylor wrote:You could pop all the caps and pour into a sanitized pitcher, then refill and recap. Major PITA but it will help. Or every time you have a beer, pour into a pitcher first, let settle for 10 minutes, then pour into your pint glass.


I would think that might lead to some oxidation issues even if done very carefully. Do you notice any off flavors that might indicate an infection has taken hold leading to the over carbonation or was there too much priming sugar added?

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:36 pm
by trouble brewin
It could also be due to high levels of proteins instead of over carbonation.

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:36 am
by Ozwald
brewinhard wrote:
dmtaylor wrote:You could pop all the caps and pour into a sanitized pitcher, then refill and recap. Major PITA but it will help. Or every time you have a beer, pour into a pitcher first, let settle for 10 minutes, then pour into your pint glass.


I would think that might lead to some oxidation issues even if done very carefully. Do you notice any off flavors that might indicate an infection has taken hold leading to the over carbonation or was there too much priming sugar added?


What caused it is another issue entirely. If recapping solves the problem, but then you start to find some that are over-carbed again later, infection. Although, by that point you would probably taste the infection.

If they don't taste bad now, I would just pop, recap & drink them up quickly.

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:51 am
by Redtown
brewinhard wrote:
dmtaylor wrote:You could pop all the caps and pour into a sanitized pitcher, then refill and recap. Major PITA but it will help. Or every time you have a beer, pour into a pitcher first, let settle for 10 minutes, then pour into your pint glass.


I would think that might lead to some oxidation issues even if done very carefully. Do you notice any off flavors that might indicate an infection has taken hold leading to the over carbonation or was there too much priming sugar added?

I am fairly sure it was just to much sugar. I may recap them or just live with it. Thanks everyone for the advice.

Re: Reduce head of bottled beer

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:18 pm
by brewinhard
Next time when you prime your batch check out a priming sugar nomograph for more accurate results. There is one in the back of the Brewing Classic Styles book as well as online. You would be surprised how much less sugar can be used compared to the 5 oz packages that come with home-brew shop kits.

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