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Old 10-01-2007, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Just How Potent is a Packet of Nottingham? (Experiment)

I just finished brewing my 10-gallon batch of Old Speckled Hen today (last day of vacation).

I mashed high for a malty profile and wanted to follow Orfy's advice about using Nottingham for a clean ferment, but only had one packet.

So rather than risk two different flavored kegs, I decided to experiment with splitting the packet between the two.

I hydrated for about 2 hours and boy, it smelled like a raw dough factory. Anyway, I've pitched equal amounts and I will keep an eye on the progess of the fermentation.

It's a 1.052 OG beer, including 2# of Invert sugar and 1/2# of raw cane sugar.

With a high mash, I expect a finishing gravity of around 1.014-15.

I'll post the progress.

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Old 10-01-2007, 08:39 PM   #2
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Interesting.

We should of had a lottery on the lag time.
I say less than 24 hours before you see signs.

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Old 10-01-2007, 08:44 PM   #3
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i say 8-10 hours

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Old 10-01-2007, 08:47 PM   #4
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well, if peter piper picked a precise point for the potent packet of nottingham to peak, i'm guessing he'd go with 16 hours

what did you do for aeration?

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Old 10-01-2007, 09:11 PM   #5
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So rather than risk two different flavored kegs, I decided to experiment with splitting the packet between the two.
Why not just make a starter and split that? You risk ester formation from pitching small.
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I say 6 hours to airlock activity. That stuff is aggressive.

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Put me in for 11 PM local BM time.

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Why not just make a starter and split that? You risk ester formation from pitching small.
true, but since he didn't.....


if he was splitting a vial between two batches then I would be rather worried of underpitching. But since it's a packet of nottingham It will work. He may be a tad short, but not enough to where you are going to notice off flavors because of it.
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I'll take 10-12 hours from pitch time

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I hope you have an O2 bottle.

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