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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2014, 03:26:02 PM »
FWIW, there has been quite a lot of discussion here on the UK forums regarding BRY97. Consensus is that it produces good beer with a clean profile, but the lag time on pitching can be scary long; I've had fermentations take 36-48 hours to fully establish, and that is quite frightening; particularly to an inexperienced brewer who is probably using dry yeast for convenience and reliability.

I like the flavour profile of BRY97, I don't find that to be variable tbh......but the lag time does put me off somewhat.
I've had fermentation underway in less than 12 hours from 1 week old top cropped BRY97. I've retained some of the same cropping and had this stored for a few weeks now in the fridge. I intend using this early in the New Year.....so it will be interesting to see how the starter and fermentation perform.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2014, 05:06:45 PM »
I don't use dry yeast very often, but I haven't noticed any flavor inconsistencies with US-05, though I always ferment it in the mid to low 60's.

I know some people claim to pick up a peach flavor from it, but if it's present, I'm not able to pick it out.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2014, 07:25:06 PM »
I got a peach flavor in my cider from Notty.  But it faded quickly.  Never experienced it with any US-05 beer.  A certain other hippie around here has perpetuated this myth...   :o  Sorry, man, just calling it as my experience dictates.  And I'm probably wrong.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2014, 10:31:27 AM »
I brewed a Scotch (Old Chub clone) which I fermented with Windsor. Spent almost 5 months in secondary with the airlock only just now having stopped. Primary was over in a week; dropped from 1.071 tot 1.020. But ever since it was in secondary, it kept on bubbling slowly but steadily. Almost half a year later, SG is down to 1.060 so unless I've had a stowaway in the carboy, that Windsor ate all my beer.

Tastes like a timid Speciale Belge now.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2014, 11:26:26 AM »
1.006 right?

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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2014, 02:26:47 PM »
1.006 right?

I can't see Windsor doing that.  1.016, sure. 
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #36 on: December 12, 2014, 03:10:22 PM »
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #37 on: December 12, 2014, 04:35:38 PM »
1.006 right?

Right. Typo  :-[

sounds like an infection to me. especially given your belgian flavor reference
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2014, 01:52:57 AM »
Windsor yeast will attenuate further if you give it chance. The first 2-3 days are very vigorous and many people think it's done.
You really need to give this yeast 10-14 days to completely attenuate.

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I had a weird experience with Windsor. I used it in an Irish Red last spring. It fermented quickly and then seemed done at 1.020. It tasted okay and Irish Red is malty rather than hoppy, but I was disappointed with the low ABV. Anyway, I'm not one to dump beer--I believe that even bad beer is better than no beer--so I put it aside in the keg until I had unused tap. I also figure that many choices are a good thing with regard to beer. When I vented the keg, it erupted with foam. It seems that it had fermented down more as it sat in storage. I degassed a sample, and it read 1.010. So my conclusion is that it needs some time to ferment out completely. I didn't seem to taste much different than it was at 1.020, but it had a little warmth than it had after the first fermentation. Although it seems to ferment out very quickly, give it some time and you may get a few more gravity points lower.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2016, 09:21:31 AM »
Bump.

Brewed a batch of bitter last weekend.
90% pale, 10% CaraBelge for a 1.047 OG wort.
Pitched 2 packs in 45 liters.
Took off like a Shark-riding Raptor's RPG.
Two days later, SG was down 1.011. That's 76% attenuation.

I'm leaving it to settle (beer was very very cloudy) and will rack to secondary next weekend. Then it'll go into the cellar until bottling time, early may.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2016, 09:29:00 AM »
Re-bump:

how'bout using Windsor in a barley wine? I've planned a 1.120 OG barley wine next weekend, which I could dump onto the cake of the this bitter. Should make for a pretty lively yeast, I reckon. Just not sure how well Windsor holds up to a potential 12% abv...
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #41 on: April 14, 2016, 10:59:21 AM »
Re-bump:

how'bout using Windsor in a barley wine? I've planned a 1.120 OG barley wine next weekend, which I could dump onto the cake of the this bitter. Should make for a pretty lively yeast, I reckon. Just not sure how well Windsor holds up to a potential 12% abv...

Very dangerous.  Your result of 76% attenuation is very anomylous.  Using Windsor in a 1.120 wort is sure to give you a final gravity >1.040 unless maybe you add a ton of sugar and mash low for many hours or overnight, and even then... I would not recommend trying this.
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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2016, 12:45:40 PM »
Mixing Windsor and Nottingham yeasts is supposed to be a great combo. I can't speak for how such a mix might work in a Barley Wine.

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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2016, 08:45:03 AM »


Very dangerous.  Your result of 76% attenuation is very anomylous.  Using Windsor in a 1.120 wort is sure to give you a final gravity >1.040 unless maybe you add a ton of sugar and mash low for many hours or overnight, and even then... I would not recommend trying this.

I was thinking the same thing on the way home yesterday. I think I like this yeast for low abv beers, but for a monster brew in excess of 1.100, I'm thinking it will chicken out too early and leave me with malt syrup with a splash of booze.

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Re: Danstar Windsor
« Reply #44 on: April 16, 2016, 04:20:07 PM »
Last Sunday I brewed the Oat Malt AK Mild from here http://www.experimentalbrew.com/content/session-beer-day-recipe-bonanza-14-recipes-you-brew
I pitched about a cup and half of Windsor I collected from an ESB, that was maybe in the fridge for three weeks+/-?
My og was 1.039.Fermented at 64f.
Took a reading today it's at 1.013. 68% attenuation.
Sample tasted good, smelled a bit like sulpher.
I might let it warm up for a few days or I might just start chilling it, haven't decided yet. I plan was to bring this to big brew day so I might try and stall on kegging it, just so I don't drink it all before then.
I do think this is going to be a tasty beer.

Dan S. from NJ