Lacing

Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by Vallka, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Vallka

    Vallka Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2017
    Messages:
    662
    Likes Received:
    864
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Squamish Canada
    In my vast experience…..... Of 14 months of brewing, 98% of my beers so far have had great head retention and lacing. In the past two months I have changed from bottling to kegging, It now seems that I still have the head retention, but I'm 50-50 on lacing. Same beers same process. (The beer is still good )
    Any ideas why this would be?
     
  2. Nosybear

    Nosybear Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    9,381
    Likes Received:
    6,613
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Aurora, CO, USA
    Lacing requires head proteins and dextrines be deposited on the glass. Try some carapils/carafoam. Oh, forgot to ask, was there any crystal or caramel malt in the beer? If so, you likely have another problem (soap film, maybe?).
     
  3. Group W

    Group W Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2017
    Messages:
    1,388
    Likes Received:
    2,290
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    I always wondered why one of our biggest craft breweries used both carapils and Munich in most of there beers.
     
  4. CRUNK

    CRUNK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2017
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    550
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Share a picture
     
  5. Trialben

    Trialben Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9,430
    Likes Received:
    9,488
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Pest control tech
    Location:
    Palmwoods QLD
    I have noticed in your past posts Valka that you get the most beautiful mountainous clingy head on your Bottle conditioned brews. Kegging is easy to get crazy head just up the PSI but retention is another thing altogether. I find my 500g wheat additions help and a stepped mash towards the high dextrinous end of the schedule helps. Maybe like i hear crunk saying with his spunding "natural carbonation compared to forced carbonation may yeild a different head composition". Has brulosophy covered this?o_O
     
    CRUNK likes this.
  6. CRUNK

    CRUNK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2017
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    550
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gender:
    Male
    Im happy to explain my process in depth for you to try if you like. I get huge pillowy head even on my ipas, and nice lacing.

    Being honest i think your lacing issue starts at the soup used to clean the glassware, and i am particular about that myself and i have a process for that also.
     
  7. J A

    J A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    3,474
    Likes Received:
    2,689
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    The nature of the CO2 interaction and suspension on bottle conditioning is fundamentally different from kegging. CO2 is introduced molecule at a time during bottle carbing but with kegging it's flooded in at pressure and takes some time to saturate and hold in suspension. At first the bubbles in the head are big like soda pop but eventually settle down into the finer meringue - like head that gives that nice lacing we like to see.
    I'd predict that when your kegs condition for 2 to 3 weeks at cold temp you'll see your lacing be closer to what you get from bottling.
     
    CRUNK and Trialben like this.
  8. Craigerrr

    Craigerrr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2018
    Messages:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    6,900
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Forgive my ignorance, but what is lacing?
     
  9. J A

    J A Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    3,474
    Likes Received:
    2,689
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    The head on the beer sticks to the glass and leaves a white line every time you take a sip.
     
  10. Craigerrr

    Craigerrr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2018
    Messages:
    4,701
    Likes Received:
    6,900
    Trophy Points:
    113

Share This Page

arrow_white