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No head or lacing

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Brewed a CAL with a pale LME as per all the Mr. Beer community suggestions of fermentation & conditioning time, sanitizing, temperature...etc 

 

I drank my first one after 3 days in the fridge; and there was zero head or lacing. It also has a relatively sweet aftertaste.

 

While there is some carbonation in the beer, there is not nearly enough. I placed 1 carbonation drop in each bottle as the chart suggested. They were conditioned in the 16oz swingtop bottles from the Mr. Beer website, and the top popped off as to suggest there was sufficient carbonation present.

 

I fermented in 66-72F, and conditioned in the same room with same conditions. What happened?? (attached photo)

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My CAL didn't carb very well either. It also didn't taste very good.

BUT, my BAA tasted great already at bottling and is carbing great. The PET bottles were a lot harder than the CAL ones after only a week of conditioning.

I also fermented closer to 64* the second time around. I think my CAL was more at 70+ air temp(also too much fluctuation) which caused the off flavors.

Good luck!

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Most of the head is created during the first half second of the pour...

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Just opened this.....

CAL + Booster + 0.5 oz Cascade. No carb issues.

A nice balanced light  drink with nice aroma. Some maltiness as it warms up.

CAL 20150304 182411

 

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Cascade is always a great finish.

 

Not a fan of a 15 min cascade... but 5 mins or less?  Yum.

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I just taste tested a recent bottled n.w. ipa with a pale lme,+ booster, after ten days lagering, small head retention, which fine with me, more beer to drink, but good carbonation.

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I dry hop the  cascade or just put in at start of ferment per Mr B. I do not boil it.

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Yeah, Mr B page says booster is 20% dextrins, so that is  2.5 oz/packet.

Translates to around 1/3 cup maltodextrin by my calculations. If you wanted to add that only (not fermentable) for head and body.

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