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Head retention and bottle conditioning

So I had to try one. Caribou Slobber 1 gal small batch…it’s been in bottles for about 1.5 weeks, which I know is too soon. I also fermented at about 76 degrees, a problem I will attempt to fix going forward with a small cooler for at least the first few days of fermenting. Anyway…the beer didn’t have any real off flavors. Whew! It was a little flat I think…some hiss when I popped it, and initially very foamy but the head vanished almost immediately with no lacing. Is this a typical side effect of opening one before it’s ready?

Yes. Give it another week and it should be okay. On the other hand, if the head still dies fast, it’s because you fermented too hot. Keep your fermentation down in the 60s from now on.

The head disappearing and no lacing is also a sign of soap or oils in the glass. Can also be due to lip balms which add oils to the glass.

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