I had a pretty busy morning so far. My youngest decided at 4 AM that he was going to wake the whole house up with a little screaming, and after about 45 min of rocking and pacing around holding him I finally got him back to sleep. Problem was I was wide awake...
Well, I had planned on my inaugral bottling of my first brew for later today, but since I was up I went ahead and began the bottling process. Popping the carboy cap off and racking the ale to the bottling bucket went smoothly. I had added the priming corn sugar to the bucket prior, after boiling it in 2 cups of water for the specified 5 minutes. I took my time, and went by all the directions, except for taking a FG check AFTER I had added the priming sugar, so I don't know if that number is even relevant? I had measured 1.011 when I racked to the secondary. the number I got after the priming sugar was in was 1.013. Bottling with the wand went fine, and I even got the bottles labeled!
Since I had everything out, and a batch of sanitizer made, I went ahead and popped the stopper out of the Apfelwein carboy and took a sample. It'll be 5 weeks tomorrow since I started it, and it's down to 0.099. There's still a fine ring of bubbles around the top of it, and it's really clear, but it's staying in the carboy another week. I think it'll only help it. The sample I drew was pretty full in the wine thief, so I finally got to take a nice taste of this stuff. I like it! I'm looking forward to having it on the rocks in time. It is very dry, but it definitely has apple overtones, and I got a nice little hint of sweetness at the very beginning of a sip, like right on the tip of my tongue, but it finishes dry, with no residual sweetness. I can definitely see how this would be a hit with the ladies when poured with a splash of Sprite.
Anyways, I hope everyone had a great day yesterday, and a great weekend to come,