Windsor Yeast

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  1. meatballj626j

    meatballj626j Initiate (0) May 7, 2009 Georgia

    I just brewed northern brewer's emma's ale (english brown not sure if north or south) in which I used Danstar Windsor Ale yeast. I am trying to think of other styles to use this yeast with. I had thought of trying to do a 3 gallon enlgish barleywine and pitch directly on the yeast cake, but I wasn't sure of the yeast tolerance. I know this yeast is a medium attentuator and that may not go well with a barleywine. Any other suggestions other than a brown ale?
     
  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,727) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have used Danstar Windsor many, many time to brew my Bitter Ale. I really like the fruity esters that this yeast strain produces. As you mentioned this yeast is indeed a medium attenuator (which I think is a plus for Bitter Ales) so I agree that using it for a Barleywine would not be appropriate.

    Below is what Danstar mentions on this yeast’s data sheet:

    “The aroma is estery to both palate and nose, and is usually described as a full-bodied, fruity British ale. Does not display malodours when properly handled. Windsor yeast has found great acceptance in producing strong-tasting bitter beer, stout, weizen and hefe weizen.”

    I have never used Windsor to brew a stout but I think it might make a good non-dry stout (e.g., an Oatmeal Stout, a Milk Stout, etc.).

    Cheers!
     
  3. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2011 California

    Ditto.
     
  4. pweis909

    pweis909 Meyvn (1,445) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin
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    I've used a mix of Windsor and Nottingham (kind of by mistake; it's a long story and not relevant) to make a citra-centennial American IPA. It was very good. I also used it in a blue-ribbon winning brown ale.
     
  5. meatballj626j

    meatballj626j Initiate (0) May 7, 2009 Georgia

    Thanks for the help.
     
  6. dgs

    dgs Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2005 Pennsylvania

  7. meatballj626j

    meatballj626j Initiate (0) May 7, 2009 Georgia

    Yea I had thought of that too, but I've been meaning to brew a chocolate stout recipe that I've had for a while.
     
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