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Old 07-13-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Default Nottingham vs Safeale 05

I live in an area where there isn't much for HBS and can only get dry yeast locally. I have a Pale Ale that last time I used Danstar Nottingham and it turned out pretty good. I am planning on making it again but can only find Safeale yeast. I am wondering how similar is Safeale 05 to Nottingham yeast.

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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They are fairly similar to each other. Safale is more reliable though - Danstar has had terrible QA problems over the last couple of years.

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:23 PM   #3
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They are fairly similar to each other. Safale is more reliable though - Danstar has had terrible QA problems over the last couple of years.
Wow thats funny because i have had nothing but great luck with Nottingham and nothing but bad luck with safeale yeast in general. I always do a 30 day primary, and To be honest the batches i have checked that i made with Nottingham have ALL been at FG in 4 days or less. I have had 3 batches with 3 different safeale yeast that i had to pitch Nottingham in to get them to finish. Maybe just luck of the draw?
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:25 PM   #4
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I have made great beers with both products.

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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Both will make good beers. Folks interchange them on my Haus Pale Ale all the time.

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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You can ferment both yeasts to neutral at the right temperatures. I recently tried the newly packaged Notty and with that package it will be obvious if something is wrong with the integrity of the package. In fact it is a much better system then Safale due to the Vac Sealing. At this point since I mostly like neutral yeasts I'd go whichever is cheapest at the time. Since my LHBS was out of both I bought some WLP001 last brew and made a 2L sized starter - this batch fermented out faster than both Notty & 05 for me.

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Isn't 05 for American styles, whereas Notty is for British?

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Isn't 05 for American styles, whereas Notty is for British?
you have to ferment VERY warm with notti to get the "British flavor" I normally ferment notti at 78 and have never had an overly estery beer.
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I find notty to be more estery while us05 is more clean. I ferment them both at the same temp in my fermentation chamber. both were at 66

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Old 07-13-2011, 09:46 PM   #10
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So it sounds like Safele 05 will be a good replacement. With Nottingham I usually get an FG around 1.010 to 1.012. Will I get a lower FG with Safeale?

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