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Old 04-23-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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I was wondering if there is any good dry yeast that can work as an Alternative to the Muntons Ale Dry Yeast. I have had bad luck using this yeast as my two previous brews have stopped fermenting (as appears) and yet the beer hasn't achieved it's FG (even after several weeks). First it happened to me with my Double chocolate stout that stopped when it was 1.027 and I had to rouse the yeast to kind of get it going again. Now, my ESB has been a week in primary and it has stopped releasing CO2 from the airlock and the yeast has almost completely settled to the bottom and yet the gravity is at 1.020 and has to reach 1.015. I roused the yeast and will leave it a week longer to see what happens. So, I was wondering if there is any other good dry yeast that will work pretty good with English Ales such as with the ones I previously mentioned.

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Old 04-23-2008, 11:35 PM   #2
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Sure there are fine alternatives. Lots of folks use Nottingham and Safale Brand dry yeasts with great results.These shoud be widely available at most HBS.

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I've used either Nottingham or Safale US-05 dry ale yeasts so far and have had good luck with both.

Edit: You beat me to it Blender

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Old 04-23-2008, 11:43 PM   #4
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US-05 is oriented towards primarily American beers - APA, Amber Ale, Cream Ale, dry Stout, hell I've used it for Porter and had great results. Gives a very clean ale taste, not a lot of "riff raff" contributed by way of estery flavors.

S-04 is oriented towards British styles - it makes a killer Bitter/ESB, Porter, Stout, English Pale, Hobgoblin, etc etc etc. The S-04 is fruitier tasting. But it's really good.

There's a wheat strain out there that I've not tried yet. There's also one that's rumored to be Belgian-ish. But not. But sorta. I still don't get the deal on that one. But overall, I love Fermentis (Safale) yeasts, and at $1.50-$2.00/pack, I keep 2 of each on hand in case of a stuck ferment or dead yeast or etc.

Nottingham is great stuff too!

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Old 04-23-2008, 11:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies! Sounds like I should try both Nottingham and Safesale S-04 and see for myself

Has anyone else had any bad experience using Muntons Dry Ale Yeast? The only reason I have used it is because it was recomended for both does batches by AHS (I bough malt extract kits)

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Never even used the Muntons. I started with AG and didn't buy kits, I just started stockpiling random specialty grain. Now I have 60 lbs of random specialty grain sitting in my office. Oops.

I have a spare pack of Muntons that I plan to use someday.............. for making homemade pretzels.

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Damnit! I just ordered the DCS from AHS with...you guessed it, Munton's yeast. I'm now regretting the decision based on a couple posts I've read on here about it not getting the job done.

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Thanks for the replies! Sounds like I should try both Nottingham and Safesale S-04 and see for myself

Has anyone else had any bad experience using Muntons Dry Ale Yeast? The only reason I have used it is because it was recomended for both does batches by AHS (I bough malt extract kits)
I used it for 15 or so batches before I figured out I would never get my expected FG using it. I'm a slow learner apparently.
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I used the Munton's a number of times.... FG was a little off most of the time, notorious slow starter, but it did a fair job....

But, the Nottingham and Safale products recommended above.... stellar yeast. Very active, FG quite often sightly below expectation which is a twist... right now I'm enjoying an ESB I brewed using S-04. I have to admit, it's getting rave reviews from my friends!

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So can you folks comment on which would be the better yeast for my Double Chocolate and Oatmeal Stouts? (Safale/Nottingham)

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