Toppers - I hope the Premier Cuvee is as good as you say.. I too have chosen to "experiment" a bit. After using Montrachet on the first 2 batches I used EC-1118, Premier Cuvee and Cote des Blancs on the next 3. I just hope these don't turn out to be duds!
While the Montrachet truly produces an excellent result, this is one of the beauties of homebrewing -- the freedom to do something different. The Premier Cuvee batch has now been bottled for just over 1 1/2 months. -- still haven't sampled any of these last 3 batchs, even though I made 3 or 4 12 oz "sampler" bottles of each batch. Speaking of which, I haven't had any Apfelwein at all in a while -- a plentiful pipeline of beer makes it a lot less painful to wait while this stuff ages a bit. Other than the 6 1-liter bottles of my very first batch which was set aside to age, I only have a few 1/2 liter bottles left. These are getting close to 4 months old now so I should give one a try. Batch #2 (also Montrachet) is around 3 1/2 months old and other than a couple samplers which I tried a month or 2 back, is still all there. This was good stuff -- even at 1-2 months old -- should be even better now. I just hope I manage to keep a few around to get to be 1 year old.
Thanks Ed -- for the great yet simple recipe!