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Old 07-18-2009, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default Yeast Dilemma, asking for help in choice.

I screwed up and bought the wrong yeast. I had planned to buy pack of S-04 and fat fingered a packet of S-05. I have ingredients for an English bitter.

I also have Nottingham, Windsor and Munich packets that I could use. If I go with the S-05 is this going to be dramatically different than the S-04? I was thinking maybe the Nottingham or considering putting off the brew day.

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:44 AM   #2
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I'd probably use Windsor. What's your expected SG for that beer? Windsor won't attenuate as much as Nottingham, but it'll throw off a little more esters.

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Beersmith is predicting 1.046. I have used Windsor only once and it did not perform great, finished out at 1.016. It was a wheat beer and was prior to the release of Munich dry yeast. If I keep the mash at 148 to 150, would this help get the final gravity down a bit lower than normal for Windsor?

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It might...I'll defer to those more experienced on that one.

If you're concerned about the FG though, you might want to use Nottingham instead of Windsor.

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Please post the complete recipe and intent. Without more specifics, we'll be unable to provide any real help.

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Pick one, brew & drink. Next time use the one you intended and see if it makes a difference to you. Nobody can define your palate except you. The experimenting is part of the fun.

I am partial to S05, have used 04 but generally go with 05 no matter the style - I throw caution to the wind. Let the brew gods strike me down!

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Please post the complete recipe and intent. Without more specifics, we'll be unable to provide any real help.
Regrettably my computer with the beersmith program is at home. Basically, there's 7 lbs of Pale ale malt, 1 lb flaked corn, and 1 lb Crystal 60L. It' got EKG hops at 60, 30 and 15 minutes.

It's a recipe from one of the books I read. I cannot remember if it is from J. Palmer or someone else. I've never made a bitter so I wanted to work with something proven first. The one ingredient that I do not have is the S-02.

I think I am going to try the Windsor, if for no other reason than to get rid of it. I wanted some of the fruit esters and I don't think I'll get that from the Nottingham.
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