Any one use the free Nottingham and Windsor yeast from the NHC?
I had the green light to brew the other day and only had one pack of S-05, 2-Windsor and 2-Nottingham.
With no time for a LHBS run I decided to brew with the free yeast you could sign up for at the NHC. My father gave me his 2 and I received 2 as well.
I used the Windsor on a NW style Pale and the Notty on a stout. All were hydrated and weighed for proper pitching. The stout got 2 grams of S-05 and 11 grams Notty. The Pale got one pack of Windsor. All carboys were aerated with pure O2 through a .5 micron stone for 1 minute. The wort was set for 64 deg.
A few hours later the Windsor was forming a nice krausen and the stout was formed by morning.
I would have to say both yeasts were fermenting very well within a very short time frame.
Yep, I always go liquid yeast for a lower-attenuated English style. Windsor pissed me off twice- underattenuating (even when I wanted low attenuation) and never really flocculating. Nottingham, though, is excellent.