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Old 12-22-2010, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default best way to age apfelwein?

I want to age 5 or 10 gallons of Apfelwein for 9-12 months.
Which is better:
A: bulk age in primary on the lees
B: bulk age after racking to secondary after primary fermentation
C: age in the bottle after 3 mos in primary

I want to start with 10 gallons hoping some will last a full year

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Old 12-22-2010, 08:40 PM   #2
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I want to age 5 or 10 gallons of Apfelwein for 9-12 months.
Which is better:
A: bulk age in primary on the lees
B: bulk age after racking to secondary after primary fermentation
C: age in the bottle after 3 mos in primary

I want to start with 10 gallons hoping some will last a full year

Cheers Dusty
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:44 PM   #3
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I've done both A and C.

I like C as it frees up a carboy for something else (like more apfelwein!)

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Old 12-22-2010, 09:05 PM   #4
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I let mine sit in the primary for 6 months before I bottled it. Its now a year old and delicious.

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I'd rack it off the lees & let it sit a couple months, then bottle & wait for the 1 year mark. Regards, GF.

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Old 12-24-2010, 04:14 PM   #6
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I had a batch that I forgot about and let it sit in the carboy for 14 months. It was awsome!

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Old 12-24-2010, 07:07 PM   #7
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When you let it sit in the carboy that long, should you put a solid stopper on top, or should you use an airlock? I think a solid stopper is fine after fermentation is done, but I'm new at this!

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When you let it sit in the carboy that long, should you put a solid stopper on top, or should you use an airlock? I think a solid stopper is fine after fermentation is done, but I'm new at this!
I would use an Airlock , because you're going to keep it for such a long time and during that time
the ambient Temp. and Pressure would varry and that leads to degassing which means the Wine will emit CO2 .

By using an Airlock , the Carboy will be in no danger .

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Not only is it releasing CO2 with an airlock, but also other fumes that you may not want in the wine.

CO2 is probably the most abundant to fill the head space, but any lighter gases will rise right up like rising hot air and be first out the lock.

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Old 12-25-2010, 01:09 AM   #10
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Mine has been in the primary for almost 7 months. I tried some the other day... Holy goodness!!! I say leave it in the primary, stick it in a dark whole somewhere and forget about it.

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