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Old 07-29-2009, 05:18 PM   #11
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I thought Nottingham was fairly neutral in flavor and tolerated "higher" temps i.e 68degrees or so. Also, how did you under pitch? A standard packet of Notti should be more than enough for a 5 gallon batch. Was your OG too high? I'm simply asking because I have an Impreial Pale (og of 1.070) that used Nottingham and it came out with a strong alcohol taste, but no estery flavors to it. I have three batches (Impreial PA, Oktoberfestale, and Light Ale) either just in bottles or ready to bottle, and all of them used Nottingham.
If your OG is under 1.075 or so, one pack of Notty will be fine. Unless his gravity was well over 1.100 or he didn't pitch the whole package did he waaayyyyy underpitch.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:05 PM   #12
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If your OG is under 1.075 or so, one pack of Notty will be fine. Unless his gravity was well over 1.100 or he didn't pitch the whole package did he waaayyyyy underpitch.
My OG was 1.09, with too many points being just sugar (brown sugar and lyles golden syrup).

For that OG of "normal" wort, Mr. Malty says 1.6 packs of properly rehydrated yeast. For my sugary wort, I should have probably used 2 packs of properly rehydrated yeast.

I only used 1 packet just sprinkled on the wort. Ambient temp ws around 69F for the duration of the fermentation. This actually attenuated very well because of all the damn sugar but, because of the esters, it's practically undrinkable.

This was one of my first brews quite some time ago. I still have most of these bananariffic beers stashed away if anyone wants to come by for a monkeyfest.

I learned from my mistakes...yeast stressed from underpitching and too damn much sugar make off flavors. These days, I pitch the proper amount and I don't use more than a half pound of sugar as an adjunct - better to use more malt anyway.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:16 PM   #13
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These days, I pitch the proper amount and I don't use more than a half pound of sugar as an adjunct - better to use more malt anyway.
A little off topic, but many outstanding beers have been made with more than a half pound of sugar. At the right fermentation temperature and plenty of time to condition, you shouldn't be getting those banana or hot alcohol flavors.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:59 PM   #14
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A little off topic, but many outstanding beers have been made with more than a half pound of sugar. At the right fermentation temperature and plenty of time to condition, you shouldn't be getting those banana or hot alcohol flavors.
Agreed...as long as there's plenty of yeast as well.
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Old 07-30-2009, 05:18 PM   #15
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It has to be a combo of the yeast strain and fermentation temp. That's where banana esters come from.

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