Making 2nd Apfelwein and want less winey taste
Here is the background story. I tried my first apfelwein after I traded 3 bottles from HBT member. I split one at work between a few people, drank one at home by myself and gave away the last bottle to a friend. Today is 3 months since I made my own batch. I followed original Edwort's recipe with the exception that I used 1 gallon of cranberry juice with 4 gallons of apple juice. I tasted the sample and it feels winey like my original sampling from HBT member. I've done extensive reading and know that it will shine after 8 months mark. Mine and the other one was at 3 months when it was sampled.
I was expecting to make another batch and purchased some yeast in advance. I have to pick between Lalvin EC-1118 or Red Star Pasteur Champagne. From other readings and I also thinking about not adding 2 lbs of sugar or possibly just adding 1 lb only.
C&C is welcomed & appreciated.
PS. My batch is at 0.94 and I never had any kind of beer go in this territory, the only one that came close was French Saison.
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Primary: 04/29 Pomegranate Nectarine Apfelwein, 05/23 Petite Saison
Kegs drinking: AHS Midnight Wheaten Stout 03/18 - 04/14 - 04/28,
Kegs conditioning: 01/29 - 04/29 Cranberry Apfelwein, 04/29-05/23 Petite Saison
RIP: 11/07-11/28-01/29-05/04-11/17 Flanders Brown Ale