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Old 11-04-2007, 05:28 AM   #1
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I started a 5 gallon carboy of apfelwein on Oct 1. It is still bubbling slowly. Should I wait until it is completely still before bottling this stuff? I can tell with beer but this is my first attempt at apfelwein.

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Old 11-04-2007, 05:42 AM   #2
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I'm not the most experienced, but I'd say wait.

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Old 11-04-2007, 06:05 AM   #3
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I started a 5 gallon carboy of apfelwein on Oct 1. It is still bubbling slowly. Should I wait until it is completely still before bottling this stuff? I can tell with beer but this is my first attempt at apfelwein.

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Edwort says give it 6 weeks in the fermenter.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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Is it clear yet?

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Old 11-04-2007, 02:25 PM   #5
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You should ALWAYS wait until it's done fermenting before bottling.

No exceptions!!

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Old 11-05-2007, 02:01 AM   #6
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You should ALWAYS wait until it's done fermenting before bottling.

No exceptions!!

Yeah I know it was kind of a stupid question but I'm on my first Apfelwein and I really just want to get it bottled before Thanksgiving for gift purposes.

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Old 11-05-2007, 02:42 AM   #7
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I really just want to get it bottled before Thanksgiving for gift purposes.
Ed says 6 weeks, but personally any time after it clears is good. Now... It won't be the BEST apfelwein, but if the people drinking it have no reference to go on, it will be DAMN good as long as it clears up before you bottle/keg it.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:56 AM   #8
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Funny about that Apfelwein. It seems to always have some bubbles in it. I have made several batches and all of them had tiny little bubbles. They never seemed to go away. I just waited until clear and then bottled....No problems yet

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Old 11-05-2007, 02:46 PM   #9
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If you really want to know if it's safe to bottle, take a hydrometer reading. If you are under 1.00, you should be safe to bottle.


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I got sick of waiting on my first batch (second one is bubbling as I write). So I used sorbate and camden to hault fermentation. Then I used a clarifier (I think it was isinglas) a couple days later I put some of it in 1 gallon glass jugs and threw it in the freezer (no not trying to make apple jack). The next day it was really clear, and the yeast were all settled, so I let it thaw (there was a little ice in 'em) and transferred into other jugs. As a test, I put some in a glass and put some priming sugar in it and waited to see if it started fermenting again. It didn't, and me and some friends started drinking it about a 5 weeks after I had started it. I'm thinking the batch I'm making now will just have to sit till Christmas time. It's just not a quick one, that apfelwine.

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