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Old 03-15-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default A little Apfelwein nostalgia

SWMBO came across an old homebrew log book the other day when I got back into brewing after returning from living in beer heaven (Germany) and lo and behold, I found my first attempt at Apfelwein. Needless to say, it was a bust.

Pitching dry yeast into juice made from concentrate & spring water in a 50 degree ambient temperature basement did not work very well.

This was almost 14 years ago, so here's a shot of my original log.



I came up with the current recipe with my second attempt after a bit of research. The rest is Apfelwein history.



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Old 03-15-2012, 12:14 AM   #2
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Nice! I can hear a batch bubbling away from my couch right now.



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Did you still drink your first batch even tough it wasn't good?

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Did you still drink your first batch even tough it wasn't good?
Nope, it was one of only 3 batched I have ever dumped since I started brewing in 87. It never took off fermenting and went straight to mold at that temp. Way too cold with Coopers Ale yeast.

I figured out that I would use bottled juice and add a wine yeast (Montrachet) at room temp upstairs and wait till it got going for a day or so before taking down to the basement.
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I was born in 87.

Loving your apfelwein though. Literally the best thing i've ever brewed. I've got 2 batches going.

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