found an extract with steeping for a porter that uses 6 lbs of light malt extract plus the steeping grains. the recipe uses US-05. my question is should this be US-04 or Nottingham? I thought 05 finishes cleaner and dryer (as well as Notty)
I'd say go for s-04. It will give you a maltier, full bodied beer that Notty or US-05. And it's a porter for goodness sake -- if you don't want a malty, full bodied beer brew a different kind of beer.If you are going for something a little maltier and full bodied, go for US-04.
You are exactly right. For me, a porter is a dark, strong ale & I like some of those phenols & esters, so I go for the S-04. (S-04 is lower in them than most other English yeasts.) However, if you'd like a more American styled porter (Sierra Nevada, Blackhook, etc.), then Notty would be just fine.Definitely the S-05 is out.
I am under the impression that S-04 has more phenols and esters (which I thought leans towards English dark and stronger ales) than S-05 which finishes drier and cleaner (more for American ales and lager-like beers) and Notty is in the middle leaning closer too S-05. If I am wrong please correct me.
I'd say go for s-04. It will give you a maltier, full bodied beer that Notty or US-05. And it's a porter for goodness sake -- if you don't want a malty, full bodied beer brew a different kind of beer.
After this thread had originally decided to use Notty. This was to be an easy extract+grain recipe in between PM batches of Belgian Wit and a Hefeweizen. Thanks for the endorsement. I have not brewed this yet and have since decided I want to also do the Barleywine recipe posted above and am now torn between using the Notty for the porter or using the WLP007 so that I can use the yeast cake for my starter for the Barleywine. These are both styles that are new to me so I have no grasp of what the difference would be.<Dissenting voice here>
You should know that your beer will be nice and malty and nice and full bodied due to your grain bill and mashing technique. If you are secure with this then I would fully endorse using S-05 or Notty (they are pretty much interchangable). Even moreso, using either one will allow you to squeeze out even more of the fermentables.
Have only been brewing less than a year and am not sure what the IBU/SG ratio means and how to calculate it.We have a one month old Imperial Porter, OG was 22*P, pitched two packets of Notty and last check/taste test had it down to 4.5*P, perfect body and plenty malty. On top of that, the IBU/SG is a hair over 1.0