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RavenChief 08-07-2010 12:01 AM

New bad lot of Nottingham yeast ???
There seems to be a slow starting trend with Lot number 1080961099V exp 12.2011. Is this a new batch of bad yeast?

Are there other bad lots out there also?

I think I will start "proofing" my dry yeast just to be safe...

Anyone know what other yeast has the same properties as Danstar Nottingham? I have some SF-04 which I have been told is close. Or is it SF-05 that is close to Nottingham?

BeerNoob 08-07-2010 01:00 AM

I just picked up a pack of the same Nottingham yesterday. I proofed it and noticed that it didn't foam the same as it usually does during the proof. I didn't panic because I usually use the Windsor yeast and assumed this one would just behave differently.

I pitched as usual and now, 24 hours later, there is still no head in my primary and VERY little activity.

I phoned the supplier and told them what was happening and said that it seems that the yeast they sold me is bad and they essentially told me "that's impossible, you probably killed it somehow".

Have to love the crap service you get everywhere you go in Canada.

I'm not sure what to do now, all the brewing suppliers are closed and I'm worried that my wort is going to get infected if my yeast isn't doing it's job.

Shooter 08-07-2010 01:03 AM

Only 24 hours without activity?!? I don't think it's really time to panic yet.

BeerNoob 08-07-2010 01:10 AM

I wouldn't say I'm panicking right now but I'm still new to brewing and haven't encountered all of the potential problems yet so I don't quite know how to deal with certain things that come up.

I'm mostly disappointed with the service I received from the supplier and I'm a little stressed about this batch because my last 3 have failed due to some bad advice I got and this would be #4.

I'll keep an eye on it and report back. It seems like the Nottingham, for the most part, have been slow to start and don't outright fail. All I can do now is wait and in the mean time I'll pick up a couple more packets and keep them on hand in case I need to re-pitch.

Shooter 08-07-2010 01:14 AM

I don't mean this to be rude, honestly, but you say you're new to brewing, but joined this forum in 2008?!!?

I'd let that beer sit for another 24 to 48 hours and see how it goes. At that point take a hydrometer reading to confirm that nothing has been happening. I've had beers that fermented out without any airlock activity.

BeerNoob 08-07-2010 01:18 AM

Well, due to my frequent failures I don't brew a lot even though I first joined in 2008. This is my 6th batch ever and my last 3 were failures.

As I said, I will keep an eye on it and see if anything develops. As it is now, everything looks good other than the fact that there's little to no yeast activity.

marc06 08-07-2010 01:26 AM


Have to love the crap service you get everywhere you go in Canada.
Your beers are turing out like crap because its karma coming to bite you in the ass for comments like this...

JuanMoore 08-07-2010 01:54 AM

S-05 would be closer to Nottingham than S-04. About 2 weeks ago I tried to use 4 packets of Nottingham from the same lot number as posted above. I always rehydrate my yeast, and noticed that 2 out of the 4 hardly foamed up at all and had a nasty smell to them. I poured them down the drain and pitched some S-05 instead. Between this and the issues I had with the recall batch, I think I might be done with Danstar yeasts.

Austinhomebrew 08-07-2010 02:12 AM

Lets don't start rumors. Contact the manufacturer for answers not a forum.


Dauntless 08-07-2010 02:26 AM

Just pitched with this lot number a couple of hours ago. We'll see how it turns out but I'm not worried.

Btw, my sachet says made in Austria. Usually marks made in Denmark. Maybe they're marked differently for the American market. Or they only send the bad ones for BeerNoob. ;p

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