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Old 04-10-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I know I can just go to the website for these yeasts to learn about them, but I'm looking for the folks who have used them for years in their home brewing. I've done 12 batches thusfar and have used US-05 about 5 times, US-04 once, and Nottingham once.

What are the major differences between these yeasts? When would you use one vs. the other? I'm interested in hearing your thoughts...

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us-05 for american ales, notty and 04 for english styles. I have not used 04, but greatly prefer 05 to Notty.

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us-05 for american ales, notty and 04 for english styles. I have not used 04, but greatly prefer 05 to Notty.
While I can understand that, would YOU be able to tell the difference in an ale brewed with US-04 vs US-05? And if so, how would you be able to tell?
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While I can understand that, would YOU be able to tell the difference in an ale brewed with US-04 vs US-05? And if so, how would you be able to tell?
I haven't used 04 but there is a distinct taste difference between 05 and notty
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I've used notty once in the 13 brews I've done, and it's the only one with a very noticeable off flavor. It could have been my process, it could be the characteristic of the yeast, but I don't like the beer it made and won't be using it again anytime soon. I know others that use it exclusively, but I haven't tried their beers to see if that flavor is there.

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I haven't used 04 but there is a distinct taste difference between 05 and notty
I use 04 and 05 in most of my brews. Yes, there is a distinct taste difference. The 04 yields higher FG's and is less "clean" than the 05 (more esters). I happen to love English Ales and therefore 04 is my go-to yeast.

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While I can understand that, would YOU be able to tell the difference in an ale brewed with US-04 vs US-05? And if so, how would you be able to tell?
I have never used 04, but I found 05 to be cleaner than nottingham.
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I just tried 04 and it was in a IPA wanted to see the difference myself. One thing I noticed 04 took off like a rocket. Faster than I have ever seen 05 and it was one of the most violent. As far as taste I shall see.

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I just tried 04 and it was in a IPA wanted to see the difference myself. One thing I noticed 04 took off like a rocket. Faster than I have ever seen 05 and it was one of the most violent. As far as taste I shall see.
Yes, I've had some go from nothing to FG in less than 48 hours. Make sure the fermentation temperature doesn't go too high...
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Yes, I've had some go from nothing to FG in less than 48 hours. Make sure the fermentation temperature doesn't go too high...
Its reading 65 on the bottle. I should be pretty good. Thanks for the tip

Crap you made me just go check the temp it did get to 68-69. The one right next to it is 63. The most I have seen the temp rise inside during fermentation to.... Wow.
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