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Old 10-17-2006, 07:21 PM   #1
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I used Windsor yeast in a Goat Scrotum Ale (Papazian) with an OG of 1.047. It started bubbling after about 12 hours but not vigorously. After 3 days it stopped. SG after 4 days was 1.027. I've read in forums that Windsor will "leave a relatively high gravity" and "not as quick as Nottingham"(?), and "I think the attenuation on it is such that it just finishes high."
I this what others have found about Windsor; is the1.027 close to the best I can expect?

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Old 10-17-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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Did You Aerate The Beer Before Pitching The Yeast?????? WHAT TEMP. DID YOU PITCH THE YEAST AT???

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Old 10-17-2006, 07:46 PM   #3
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I used Windsor yeast in a Goat Scrotum Ale (Papazian) with an OG of 1.047. It started bubbling after about 12 hours but not vigorously. After 3 days it stopped. SG after 4 days was 1.027. I've read in forums that Windsor will "leave a relatively high gravity" and "not as quick as Nottingham"(?), and "I think the attenuation on it is such that it just finishes high."
I this what others have found about Windsor; is the1.027 close to the best I can expect?
Your OG for the Scrotum was only 1.047? I don't remember the recipe, but I did just bottle my own version of the Scrotum, and I seem to remember the gravity being higher. Maybe it was just my version... With all those adjuncts, I wouldn't trust a low gravity.

Yeah, dude, 1.027 is pretty high for something that started out so low in the first place. I mean, my 1.123 OG barleywine finished up around 1.030...so I'd definitely worry that this beer will be sweet with low alcohol. You're looking at 2.63% ABV. I don't know anything about windsor yeast, but your attentuation for this particular fermentation was 41.58%...in other words, really bad. Like I said, I don't know about Windsor, but I highly doubt that it's supposed to have a mere 41% attenuation rate.

I'd check out other variables. Did you make a starter? What temp did you pitch at? What kind of crazy adjuncts did you use in the Goat Scrotum?
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #4
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Windsor is highly flocculant and it may have dropped before finishing. It should have given you a FG around 1.014-16. If you haven't tried rousing the yeast, give the fermenter a swirl. If it doesn't get going again, I'd re-pitch.

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Old 10-17-2006, 08:26 PM   #5
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i second the re-pitch. I used windsor on my first batch. It only got to 1.026 and stayed there. It was my first one and made some mistakes, but wanted to drink it, so I bottled. It wasn't done. At two weeks it wasn't bad. after week three, it overcarbed and got funky.

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