I've been brewing long enough to think I shouldn't be making stupid mistakes, but I just did. Brewed up an "American" IPA Tuesday Feb. 22nd. I had a surprise day off and decided to brew, otherwise I would have prepared a starter. OG was 1.080. Used a wyeast Activator 1056. I knew I was under-pitching, but I figured it would be fine. However, I was thinking about it too much and after 24 hours of seeing (but I was sleeping or at work for most of that time) no activity, I abandoned the 1056 and pitched 2 packets of Nottingham.
Ok, here we are Saturday morning. I had again seen NO activity at all. Fearing an infection or just a stalled ferement, I decided to take a gravity reading. Should have done that after 24 hours because it was down to 1.020!
So, do you think it was the 1056 or the Notty? My brew closet smells more like Notty, so I'm leaning that way. I'm not sure if my palate is developed enough to tell from the taste. What do you think? I'm just curious, I'm sure it will be tasty. Thanks!