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Old 08-31-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried to change this up? I'm not talking about making it sweet, I'm talking about making it different.

I was thinking of maybe doing 4 gallons of apple and one gallon of cranberry.
I was also thinking of doing this same recipe without apple at all and just use something like concord grape.
Has anyone tried this?



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Cranberry makes things oddly sour, IMHO. I'd steer clear of it in apfelwein, if I were you. Using grape juice...umm...no sure. Concord makes really, really bad wine when used in traditional methods---but I'm not sure what'd happen if you used bottled grape juice. The color alone would scare me.



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We had a 1/2 gallon of some cranberry pomegranate juice lying around the house unopened, and I had corn sugar and yeast, so I scaled down the amounts and into the juice they went!

It should be ready in a few weeks ....

Edit - I didn't mix it with apple juice, it's just a tiny batch of just the 1/2 gallon of cranberry/pomegranate juice.

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Cranberry makes things oddly sour, IMHO. I'd steer clear of it in apfelwein, if I were you. Using grape juice...umm...no sure. Concord makes really, really bad wine when used in traditional methods---but I'm not sure what'd happen if you used bottled grape juice. The color alone would scare me.
I do agree that concord wine is not "good wine" but my wife likes it and so do all my non-wine-drinking-friends.
I may have to give it a shot and see. worse case, I'm out $15.
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Blasphemy!!!!

Actually, that's what makes this hobby great. Experimentation!

Just don't come crying to me cause you created an abomination out of my wonderful elixir.
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Cranberry makes things oddly sour, IMHO. I'd steer clear of it in apfelwein, if I were you. Using grape juice...umm...no sure. Concord makes really, really bad wine when used in traditional methods---but I'm not sure what'd happen if you used bottled grape juice. The color alone would scare me.
ah, i was out at costco the other day and saw the two-pack of cranberry juice. just reopening the brewery here, and have got two 1-gallon growlers of apfelwein and one of the cran. it's actually fermenting a lot slower than the apple, but smells pretty good so far! another one of those "wait and see" type experiments. like fsr says, worst case, i'm out a few bucks.
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Here are a few palces to start looking for ideas:

Concord Grape Wine, I have tryed a version of this and it is relly good.

Many variations and additions to Apfelwein.

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Blasphemy!!!!

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Just don't come crying to me cause you created an abomination out of my wonderful elixir.
Well that's why I'm going to make a normal batch at the same time so if one is crap, I still have one that is not. Or two, if you count the one I'm drinking now.
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I remember reading in the main Apfelwein thread that someone had tried 4 gallons of Apple Juice and 1 gallon of Cran-Apple. If I remember right I think they said it was good but they were going to do 4 Apple 1 Cranberry next time.

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I remember reading in the main Apfelwein thread that someone had tried 4 gallons of Apple Juice and 1 gallon of Cran-Apple. If I remember right I think they said it was good but they were going to do 4 Apple 1 Cranberry next time.
sweet, I may have to read thru all 100+ pages of that thread.


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