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aMillionDreams 06-11-2010 01:24 AM

Apfelwein: To carbonate or not to carbonate?
I noticed many of you are brewing or have brewed EdWort's Apfelwien. The recipe says you can carbonate. But wine is not carbonated as far as I know. What do you all do/suggest?

Suthrncomfrt1884 06-11-2010 03:33 AM

It's not really a wine in my opinion. Have you tried searching this? This topic has been brought up numerous times. Either way... I carbonate mine. It tastes more like an apple champagne than wine though.

RDWHAHB 06-11-2010 03:36 AM

Sparkling wine is carbed. Still wine is not.

aMillionDreams 06-12-2010 04:32 PM

Sorry, I didn't try the search function. I guess I will carbonate it. Thanks.

Revvy 06-12-2010 04:38 PM

Having done 50-50 carbed and uncarbed, I have found that most of friends and myself prefer it carbed. It is like "apple champagne." This years batch I carbed the entire 5 gallons. I give a bunch as gifts for x-mas.

aMillionDreams 06-15-2010 11:56 PM

Thanks for the input. ONe more question about Aplewein: How should I age it? Rack it to secondary? If so, how long in fermenter? How long in secondary? How long in the bottles? Okay, so that more than one question. :p

Styles 06-16-2010 02:23 AM

I just leave mine in primary 1-2 months, then age in the bottle 6-12.... works OK for me.

aMillionDreams 06-16-2010 02:57 AM

6-12 months?

TeufelBrew 06-16-2010 03:03 AM

I primary for 4 - 6 months. Yes, I said 4 - 6 MONTHS.

Keg, and I'm lucky if half the keg makes it to carbed status. That's why I just started 10 gallons! I do prefer the carbed style. I feel there is more flavor and I tend to sip rather than gulp thanks to those tiny bubbles.

Styles 06-16-2010 03:06 AM

Yeah, that is pretty extreme though. I've had it younger than that, sometimes after a couple of weeks it's carbonated and OK, but I think it's better to age for longer.
I have a good pipeline though, I have over 40 gallons of beer and cider just ageing away. The ones I left for 12 months were flavoured and had secondaried a while so took forever to carb up.

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