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Old 02-25-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default Wheat beer with nottingham yeast

Has anyone used nottingham yeast to make a wheat beer? Did it taste alright? I am making a simple batch of blueberry wheat ale for the SWMBO.

6 lbs wheat LME (northern brewer)

.5 oz hallertauer (60min)
.5 oz saaz (15 min)

4 oz blueberry extract

nottingham yeast

I have some coriander, too, but I don't know if it will mix well with the blueberry. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:16 PM   #2
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I've done 2 batches of wheat with the nottingham yeast and both were fine. I'd make sure to use a blow off tube since both of mine were very vigerous ferments.

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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Should be fine. iamjonsharp made an american wheat with US-05 (similar to Notty IMHO) and it was awesome. I would be careful with the coriander. Blueberry + citrusy/spicy = weird.

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Should be fine for an American Wheat (which are pretty bland beasts, perfect for a fruit addition). It would be boring as hell WITHOUT something added to it. I'd stay away from the corriander unless you're brewing a wit (in which case, you really need to get the proper yeast, and you'd want to use orange peel instead of blueberries).

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Old 02-25-2008, 10:19 PM   #5
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If you are going for something like a Hefe, then use the right yeast (I forget the designation but your LHBS or on line store would know). I've never made a wheat with Nottingham dry yeast but I am betting it would be pretty good.

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Im about to bottle a citrus wheat with nottingham. Havnt bottled it yet but the sample i tried was downright delicious!

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Default I use Notty in my house wheat...

and it is delicious! It is however, a very neutral yeast and I put honey and orange peel in mine or else it IS boring as the above mentioned post states.

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A buddy of mine and I bought identical Hef kits from our LHBS except he went with the smack pack and I just settled on Nottingham. Mine was pretty good with the dry yeast, but there was a noticeable different with his liquid yeast. If you have the means to go liquid, do it.

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Lemon zest works well with wheat and Nottingham. I made a pseudo Sam Adams Summer Ale clone last summer - basically a wheat beer with lemon zest and a touch of grains of paradise.

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Thanks for all the input. I'm making my starter tonight for the batch. I'm going to save the coriander for another event.

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