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Old 07-07-2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Am I gonna need a blowoff? (Nottingham)

Brewed an English IPA yesterday, pitched a rehydrated pack of Nottingham at 10pm. Pitch temp was about 62-63, OG is 1.065, volume in fermentor (6.5 gal glass carboy) is right at 5 gal. I have it in a fridge at 64F. I plan to let it warm up to 68 over a couple days.

This morning at 7am there was movement and bubbling in the carboy, and at 12pm it is more active and krausen is forming.

I've brewed with Nottingham a couple times but I'm not really familiar with it. Heard from a couple guys it eats through sugar real good.

I am wondering if I'm gonna need a blowoff... I have one and I was going to use it, but I guess I didn't clean it well enough last time, it smelled bad, so I threw it out and just put foil on top of the carboy. Maybe I'll get some tubing tonight... I don't want to wish I'd used a blowoff...

So, is Nottingham an aggressive fermenter, in your experience?

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
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Well i would suggest lowering it to 60F. I had cleaner results with notty at 60 vs 64. I also never had to use a blow off with notty but i never used it on a beer with a gravity of 1.06+

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My brother used Notty in his milk stout on Friday and early Sunday needed a blowoff tube. That was also due to the fact that he had a small amount of headspace left. I have a 6.5 gal carboy full at 6 gal of Irish Red (with wlp004)and just put the blowoff on to start with. Put it on for 3-4 days just in case. Can't hurt...


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This is what he woke up to, and there was no activity when he went to bed.


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ALWAYS use a blow off tube, esp. on a 1.060+ beer. Better safe than sorry. I use 'em even on smaller beers.

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How do you clean a blowoff?

I'm thinking I need to buy tubing in 'bulk', whatever lengths they sell it in, and just cut off pieces when I need it. I've been getting 6' lengths at LHBS and I just need a bunch.

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How do you clean a blowoff?

I'm thinking I need to buy tubing in 'bulk', whatever lengths they sell it in, and just cut off pieces when I need it. I've been getting 6' lengths at LHBS and I just need a bunch.
I clean mine in those long trays used for wallpaper glue. Soak in PBW or oxyclean then rinse.
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Didn't see any bubbling in my blowoff pitcher so I switched it to an 'S' lock and man! It's constant at 3-5 bubbles each second. The yeast are working overtime...


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