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Old 04-24-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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My lhbs finally got some Nottingham yeast in, so I snagged a pack for my Irish Red AG batch I brewed Wed. Went in the fermentor at 1.052 and I rehydrated the yeast. Within a few hours there was activity, by the next morning there was MASSIVE blowoff through my blowoff hose. The mixing bowl I had the blowoff tube and starsan mixture was bubbling over. I had to drain some foam and beer/starsan out and this morning it is still blowing hard and I am going to have to drain even more.

I had heard this yeast was good - but DAYUM!

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Old 04-24-2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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Nottingham is good, versatile, cheap and works like crazy

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Old 04-24-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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Nottingham is one of my "go to" yeasts if my starters fail,(bad vials from LHBS)

and at lower temps it ferments very clean, but give it time to clean up after its self !!

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Now get your next brew ready to pitch on top of that yeast cake.

...but please have a camera near by...

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Old 04-24-2009, 01:43 PM   #5
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Now get your next brew ready to pitch on top of that yeast cake.

...but please have a camera near by...
Yeah - I think I lost half my brew already to blowoff :-)

BTW - I live in Texas and am using the "modified oil pan and t-shirt" swamp cooler mod I have seen posted here before (sorry, I can't recal the poster who came up with the setup) - my temps are still reaching 76 degrees during this massive blowoff. Nottingham shows a range between 62-72 I believe, do you think this will seriously affect the taste or can it clean up after itself if I leave in the primary for a month?

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:35 PM   #6
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I just picked up some extra packets of Nottingham yesterday. You know, for emergencies like if my yeast turns out to be a dud, or I find some abandoned grains in the parking lot and I just have to brew them.

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Nottingham and London Ale (WY1028) are the two most vigorous fermenters I have used. London Ale just took a 1.100 Imperial Stout to attenuation in five days, it blew off WITH foam control drops and nearly exploded my bucket so I rigged a blowoff anyway. I'm sure the Notty would have done the same thing. Notty seems to take a 1.050-ish beer down to terminal gravity in about 48 hours for me.

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I've never had major blow-off issues with Notty, but that Safale US 05 that I just used for the first time. Talk about a yeast volcano.

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Just finished brewing up 10 gallons of an American Barleywine. Pitched a Nottingham US-05 combo on it. Holy Cripes! 8" head space in the conical and she still blew. I swear if the blow hose wasn't clamped down it would have looked like a fire hose on the loose! It was almost done in 2 days (1.022). FG was 1.020.

Both the Notty & 05 have served me well. About the only time I invest in liquid is for that "special" need, like a Steamer or ESB...

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I've never had major blow-off issues with Notty, but that Safale US 05 that I just used for the first time. Talk about a yeast volcano.
No kidding. I pitched some Safale US 05 into an IPA with an OG of 1.064 and it nearly blew up my house. I don't think there was much Star San left in the blow off bucket after fermentation was complete...
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