Yeast pitching nightmare!

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Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby octoscott » Sat Jan 14, 2017 19:55

Didn't pay attention at pitching time and instead of pitching 2 sachets of Mangrove Jacks Bohemian lager I've pitched 1 of those and a sachet of Notty...

Clearly I've no longer got lager, but have I at least got something worth saving? :doh:
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Re: Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby Dennis King » Sat Jan 14, 2017 20:22

Might end up the best beer you have made.
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Re: Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby Rolfster » Sat Jan 14, 2017 20:33

What temperature is it at?
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Re: Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby octoscott » Sat Jan 14, 2017 20:50

Rolfster wrote:What temperature is it at?


14C.

Honestly don't know what temp to go with it.
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Re: Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby robwalker » Sat Jan 14, 2017 21:35

Nottingham will go right down to 12c and makes a reasonable lager. If it takes off you'll see a big lemon meringue krauzen, lager yeast should bottom ferment.
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Re: Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby Kev888 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:22

I'd expect it to work out okay. 14c is towards the cooler end of nottingham's temperature range, where it is very clean and not a million miles away from giving lager-like results. It won't be quite what you intended and will take longer to ferment when cool, but should still be really very drinkable. IIRC quite a few lager kits purposely use(d) ale yeast rather than lager yeast - probably because its easier for homebrewers in warmer countries to cope with.

14c is also within the lager yeast's recommended range so no issue there either, that seems a reasonable balance. I'm not sure which strain would gain the upper hand but both should work.

Possibly you could go warmer if wished for different results - steam beer used lager yeast warmer than normal to give more ale-like flavours. I wouldn't go much cooler though, as the nottingham may begin to struggle. Unless you purposely went down to say 10c to favour the lager yeast and pitched your second pack of it, but it may be a bit late for that.

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Re: Yeast pitching nightmare!

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 18:22

Kev888 wrote: I wouldn't go much cooler though, as the nottingham may begin to struggle. Unless you purposely went down to say 10c to favour the lager yeast and pitched your second pack of it, but it may be a bit late for that.


That's what I'd be doing - pitching the second pack of lager yeast and dropping the temp to 10C, depending on the current gravity (i.e. If it's still got plenty of sugars to chew on).

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