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Old 03-22-2010, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Nottingham.... whats so great about it???

I have almost entirely used White Labs yeast with great success but I read on here a lot of people using plain old Nottingham ale yeast. Is it really that hard of a worker? I got some and am going to try it on my next brew day but wanted to know what the hype was?

Pros and cons?

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Old 03-22-2010, 08:13 PM   #2
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pros: cheap, don't need a starter, works quick, good attenuation, clean

cons: there was a recall last year over defective product which caused long lag times and off flavors; some people won't use it anymore because of it.

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Pro: Dry yeast so storage is a snap...simply put in the fridge. It's cheap. Works great for american ales and even stouts. Is surely a workaholic. Has a wide range of temperature that it can handle.

Con: Not any I can think of. I wouldn't 'only' use Notty, (Liquid yeast are essential to brew many brews), but surely a great go to yeast in my book.

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thanks, I think I might try it at some low temps (upper fifties) and see how it goes.

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i just used some on a stout. went from 1.078 to 1.018 in less than a week.
the reading tasted pretty clean.

i just pitched it right into the fermenter @63*, most of the fermentation was 67-68*.

there was a bit of lag and i was getting worried but by 48 hrs there was huge krausen.
there was about 10" of free space in my pail and the krausen actually crept all the way up to the stem on the airlock...

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It's a workhorse. It flocs out well and accentuates hops nicely. However, I dislike the yeast. It dries out my beers too much (85% + attenuation) and doesn't bring enough malt character up front.

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I had to put a blow-off hose on the 11th hour after pitching Notty (dry) into some very heavy Russian Imperial Stout. I was impressed -- It got VERY angry from that point on. I'm sipping on that brew right now and it's great.

My answer would be: If you find yourself using Nottingham, you'll be happy. If you use WhiteLabs or something else, you'll be happy either way.

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I use Notty alot... I think it's great! Some of my favorite homebrews are made with Notty. I haven't any bad batches of Nottingham.

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I got 5 batches with Notty and I love them all. I have used WL on bigger beers and if I plan on harvesting the cake but if I don't Notty's my yeast.

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pros: cheap, don't need a starter, works quick, good attenuation, clean

cons: there was a recall last year over defective product which caused long lag times and off flavors; some people won't use it anymore because of it.
I'm that guy. I believe it ruined 15 gallons of my beer in Sept./Oct. of 2009. I'll never go back. I'm loving S-04 and S-05 these days. No need to buy WLP001 or Wyeast 1056 when you can get S-05, IMHO.
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