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strantor 02-12-2013 12:06 AM

How long does Edwort's Apfelwine take to ferment?
 
I'm sure this has been answered more than once in the last 1076 pages of the epic Apfelwine thread, but I don't I'm not feeling up to reading all of it. Also I made my own thread because I don't want my question to be quickly buried 8 pages deep with no answer.

Anyway, How long does this stuff take to ferment? I thought I read 1 month there, but it's only been 5 days and seems to be nearly done. It was bubbling furiously. actually caused my starsan/water airlock fluid to bubble out of the airlock twice and I had to replenish it. now I'm getting maybe 1 bubble per minute. Is something wrong?

DirtyOldDuck 02-12-2013 12:51 AM

What kind of yeast did you use? If you used Montrachet and fermented it at 65F or so it shouldn't ferment "furiously" - just a little ring of small bubbles at the neck of the carboy. Days 3 - 5 smell like "rhino farts," but this passes. (Pun intended.) It takes about a month to ferment and then to clear. Wait as long as you can to bottle.

strantor 02-12-2013 01:18 AM

it is in the pantry, ~70deg F. I used montrachet. I never smelled the rhino farts.

If I fermented too warm (assuming 70 is too warm) and it fermented super fast, does that mean it's probably done?

JonM 02-12-2013 01:24 AM

A couple weeks to ferment, a couple months to get good, and a year to become AWESOME!

Seriously, it's hard to wait, but it's easier if you make two batches. One to sample and taste and drink now-ish, and another to drink next February.

strantor 02-12-2013 01:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonM (Post 4892995)
A couple weeks to ferment, a couple months to get good, and a year to become AWESOME!

Seriously, it's hard to wait, but it's easier if you make two batches. One to sample and taste and drink now-ish, and another to drink next February.

Yes I'm starting another one just for this reason. I'm impatient.

I already have the juice. I am reluctant to throw it in the fermenter though, suspecting I did something wrong the first time and not wanting to repeat my mistake.

I should have made the title of this thread: "Edwort's Apfelwine - stopped bubbling after 5 days - is something wrong?" What I'm really looking for here is some reassurance, or possible explanation for the drop off in fermenter action.

wburns 02-12-2013 02:14 AM

Not sure what to tell you, just throwing this out there, mine is 8 days in and still bubbling every 2-3 seconds, took about 2 days to really get going. Using the red star montrachet

Will

strantor 02-12-2013 02:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wburns (Post 4893240)
Not sure what to tell you, just throwing this out there, mine is 8 days in and still bubbling every 2-3 seconds, took about 2 days to really get going. Using the red star montrachet

Will

I used red star montrachet as well. Mine was "really going" after 6 hours. after 12 hours, it was blowing all the star san water out of the air lock.

I rehydrated the yeast in lukewarm sugarwater for ~15min before pitching, but I always do that.

Cyclman 02-12-2013 02:42 AM

Mine is still bubbling slightly after a month. It smells really nice. Sooo hard to wait months to try it, but everyone says it's worth it.


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