adx said:I actually think Nottingham attenuates a bit too much. I also go below my FG by 2 or 3 points when I use it. I would rather use Safale US-05 in it's place.
drayman86 said:I used it once, and won't use it again. It seemed to impart a metallic sharpness to the pale ale we brewed. Both my brew partner and I agreed that the Nottingham yeast provided very little in the way of flavor characteristics and left us with a pale ale that was sharp, bitter, with a poor mouth feel; the pale was all hops and malt, with very little in between. We'll stick to Chris White's products from now on. Most comments I've read seem to like it for the fact that it's easy to use, i.e. just dump in dry.
postman said:I have brewed a beer recently with "very little in between." The hops were so overpowering, bitter and grassy odor. It wasn't even aggressively hopped. I think it may have been due to incomplete fermentation. Possibly due to low fermentation temps and/or not enough aeration when transferring to the primary. Not the yeast's fault here.
drayman86 said:Interesting. I was checking my notes from that brew session and didn't notice anything unusual. We began aerating with an air pump set up a few brews before that, so confident it wasn't the aeration. Fermentation temps. were controlled to between about 68-71F. Might give the yeast another try. That's the great thing about this hobby (and this board); lots of information and experiences. Thanks for the reply.
Brewbeard said:Nottingham is sort of a love it or hate it type of yeast. I'm more on the negative side. I think it leaves too little in the way of body and I prefer my beer to have more fruity esters. For that reason, I usually go with Windsor. I'm willing to sacrifice attenuation for more body. Even if I want to go with a yeast that is neutral, I prefer Safale-05.
Being a malt fanatic, I use it almost exclusively. If you're feeling really silly, make a starter the day before. When I do that I have MAYBE a 3-4 hour lag time and then it's blastoff! It fills half the house with it's yummy goodness from the airlock.