Why does beer form a head but soda doesn't?

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Author's Note: Why does beer form a head but soda doesn't?

Now that I understand why soda doesn't retain a foamy head like beer, I have a new rabbit trail to explore: Why doesn't soda lose its foam when you add ice cream to it? Oh, if only it would. There are few culinary peeves that rival the ever-present foam in an ice cream float. Scientists, let's work on that.

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  • Cooper, Daniel. "The Science of a Good Head." (July 6, 2014) http://www.tastingbeers.com/school/beer_production/12009207.html
  • Gammon, Katharine. "Why Does Beer Foam?" March 17, 2011. (July 6, 2014) http://www.livescience.com/33128-why-does-beer-foam-.html
  • The Kitchn. "Good Foam, Bad Foam: What's the Deal With Beer Foam?" (July 6, 2014) http://www.thekitchn.com/good-foam-bad-foam-whats-the-d-156966
  • Wolfe, Allan. "The Science Behind Beer Foam." (July 6, 2014) http://www.craftbeer.com/craft-beer-muses/the-science-behind-beer-foam

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