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Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« on: October 24, 2014, 01:23:35 AM »
Hi all. I have the opportunity to brew this weekend but I won't get to go to the brew store. I thought I'd brew a Fullers ESB clone and I don't have the WLP013 I usually use. I thought I'd poll everyone to see which of the yeasts I have on hand you'd think would work the best. Whadya think?

I have:
US-05
Nottingham
Windsor
Mangrove jacks M07 British ale
Mangrove jacks M79 Burton Union(went out of date 9/14, but kept in the fridge)
WLP001 (rinsed from a previous batch.)
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2014, 01:50:38 AM »
I vote 001


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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2014, 01:58:46 AM »
M07 (full body, fruity) or Windsor (high floc)

I would probably just pitch 'em both!
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 02:07:13 PM »
With those choices I would either use Windsor or Windsor/Nottingham combined.

I'm not a big fan of Nottingham, but I've made a great porter in the past with that mix.

I have no experience with Mangrove Jack.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2014, 02:09:15 PM »
I would go with Windsor.  More body/character, flocs like a rock.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2014, 02:19:18 PM »
Windsor.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2014, 04:34:12 PM »
Looks like Windsor is the favorite so far. I've never used it before so I like it
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2014, 05:06:03 PM »
I've used Windsor quite a bit and its a real solid performer. I agree that it really floccs nice. I'm interested in trying a Windsor/notty combo sometime then harvesting the yeast for future batches and see how it turns out.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2014, 05:18:03 PM »
I harvested it, but I don't think I repitched it.  As I stated, I'm not a fan of Notty but I have (or had) some sachets left over from before I decided I don't like it.  I had a pitch of Windsor that was slow taking off, so I pitched a sachet of Notty and the beer came out great.  I often get tartness from Notty but I did not notice it with the combo.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2014, 07:23:46 PM »
I was leaning towards Windsor, but I like the idea of using both Windsor & Notty.  It will improve attenuation.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2014, 03:23:28 AM »
Not to derail, but why are you using WLP013 for a Fullers clone instead of WLP002? Don't get me wrong, I have used WLP013 in a Fullers-type ESB and it makes a fantastic beer, but 002 will get you much closer for a clone.

To the original question, I like the Windsor/Notty combo suggestion as well.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2014, 02:30:24 AM »
Not to derail, but why are you using WLP013 for a Fullers clone instead of WLP002? Don't get me wrong, I have used WLP013 in a Fullers-type ESB and it makes a fantastic beer, but 002 will get you much closer for a clone.

To the original question, I like the Windsor/Notty combo suggestion as well.

Used wlp013 mostly cause that was the yeast that my LHBS had on hand when I did my first clone and it came out great so I just stuck with it. I'll have to try the 002 next time I find it in stock!
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 01:37:28 PM »
I tapped a keg of old ale for a party this weekend.  From the notes on my keg it was pitched with Notty/Windsor harvested from a previous batch.  It went from 1.092 to 1.008, so that's a powerful combo.
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Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2014, 12:58:03 AM »
Well, I pitched a 50-50 blend of rehydrated notty/Windsor yesterday @ 2pm. I had a full krausen by 6am the next morning. Started out @66F but I had to work today and my temps got up to about 70-72F, I slowly brought it down into the 60's again. It's throwing off a mild banana aroma but hopefully that is just from being in the first 36 hours of fermentation. Next time I'll brew on a Saturday so I can babysit my fermentation temps better :)
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