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Old 04-24-2009, 05:14 PM   #11
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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.
I just used this in a cider and blew a 5 gallon carboy with only 4 gallons of apple juice. I thought I had plenty of head space.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:40 PM   #12
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Irish Stout, I used a Nottingham as well and hooked up a blow-off just in case (I didn't need it).

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Old 04-24-2009, 05:47 PM   #13
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I've had some bad luck with Notty recently. It's good to hear that some people are getting good packets. Maybe they have addressed the issues that some have been seeing. I prefer the fermentis dry yeasts. I've used 04 and 05. 04 is a the common english strain like Notty so it is a better sub. I love the 05 for my west coast style APAs and IPAs though. Clean and dry beers with that one. I used the 04 in an Irish dry stout and it finished in less than 48 hours. Didn't even rehydrate on that one because I was doing two batches that day and got lazy. I did the same with a package of Notty(in a different beer though) on the same day and it went almost two weeks.

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Old 04-24-2009, 06:07 PM   #14
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The first time I ever needed a blowoff was with Notty.

It was a fairly high gravity cream ale. The morning after brewing, the airlock was acting like a sprinkler, spraying the room with a fine wort mist, and the better bottle was BULGING.

When I pulled the rubber plug out to put in the tube, the bottle EJACULATED foam, all the way to the ceiling. I thought that would leave a spot, but it didn't. More wort foam around the room.

Turned out for the best, I had a pint of that cream ale last night. It had some fusel issues early on, but time in the keg has smoothed it out just fine.

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Old 04-24-2009, 07:45 PM   #15
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I loves me some Notty. Blew the lid off of my bucket, which I had fortunately set in a restaurant bussing tub. Then the bride told me she would've been fine with a big stain on the carpet, because she wants to replace it and needs an excuse...

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:24 PM   #16
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What temperatures are you guys fermenting at to get such big blowoffs?

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:24 PM   #17
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No doubt, nottingham is one hungry yeast strain.....

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:34 PM   #18
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What temperatures are you guys fermenting at to get such big blowoffs?
Low 60's. Any higher and it would have blown the roof off the house.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:54 PM   #19
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It is vigorous! I used to avoid it until I did a 55 gallon brew of a bourbon barrel RIS that a few of us local HBT'ers did and we opted to use Notty. I've come to really like it and have used it in 2-3 brews where I used to use a liquid yeast. Never had a blow-off, but I ferment ales in the mid-60oF range.

If you're using the swamp bucket towel trick in the Texas heat, you might want to swap out milk jugs full of ice in your water bath, if you aren't already.

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The oil drain pan is not very deep and the carboy almost fills the diameter - so no room for frozen water bottles. I guess I will have to forgo the convenience of the smaller oil pan for a larger bucket with more space around the carboy...

The fermentation has dropped way back after three days, so I am betting it was a tad too warm for it. Hope it doesn't put too much off flavors in the brew.

I think I will try that yeast again on my next batch of English style ale - it is a HOSS!

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