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Old 08-14-2012, 10:07 PM   #10131
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I know the answer is here SOMEWHERE in this thread... but I don't have the patience to read through 10,000 replies. LOL

What is the recommended formula/ingredient for backsweetening? Small can of apple juice concentrate? Large can?

What do you add to the fermented apfelwein to prevent further fermentation after backsweetening? What quantity?

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:40 PM   #10132
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Good thing I'm not using lalvin 1118 or I would have apple juice all over my closet. I actually had the carboy suck water from the fermentation lock so its even fuller now.

If I plan to carbonate, wine bottles and corks wouldn't be suitable would it?


i'm planning on going to the local pub and asking them for their beer bottles.
Never used 1118 in cider but i used it in my skeeterpee and it actually foams at the top. not quite krausen but almost. That one has about a gallon of headspace.

I may use 1118 in my next batch of apfelwein, which I'm considering because there seems to be a deal on kirkland brand apple juice. Maybe four gallons of apple and a few quarts of whatever looks good at the grocery store in my other 18L carboy.

And yet my first batch of apfelwein isn't ready for drinking yet.


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Old 08-14-2012, 10:42 PM   #10133
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I know the answer is here SOMEWHERE in this thread... but I don't have the patience to read through 10,000 replies. LOL

What is the recommended formula/ingredient for backsweetening? Small can of apple juice concentrate? Large can?

What do you add to the fermented apfelwein to prevent further fermentation after backsweetening? What quantity?

Thanks!
There's lots of different ways actually, which is why I get kind of confused trying to figure it out.

To backsweeten, you can use potassium sorbate and sulphite to stop fermentation and then add sugar/concentrate. Or you can add non fermentable sugars like splenda.

cold crashing is another way, keeping it in the fridge so that it's too cold for fermentation to start. Or you can pasteurize it.

Here's the thread on pasteurization:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/easy-stove-top-pasteurizing-pics-193295/
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:45 PM   #10134
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Never used 1118 in cider but i used it in my skeeterpee and it actually foams at the top. not quite krausen but almost. That one has about a gallon of headspace.

I may use 1118 in my next batch of apfelwein, which I'm considering because there seems to be a deal on kirkland brand apple juice. Maybe four gallons of apple and a few quarts of whatever looks good at the grocery store in my other 18L carboy.

And yet my first batch of apfelwein isn't ready for drinking yet.
Well I made Joe's quick grape mead with 1118 with only a few inches of headspace and yeah there's no krausen but the foaming was so intense that it went up into the lock and spilled out of the carboy.

I just started brewing this july and i haven't really tasted anything I've made yet but I'm really excited about apfelwein. I hope it lives up to its hype.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:30 AM   #10135
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Bottled mine today, there was about 30 oz before I ran out of bottles. Threw it in a Nalgine and into the freezer. Good god, I need to make another batch NOW.

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Old 08-15-2012, 11:14 AM   #10136
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I know the answer is here SOMEWHERE in this thread... but I don't have the patience to read through 10,000 replies. LOL

What is the recommended formula/ingredient for backsweetening? Small can of apple juice concentrate? Large can?

What do you add to the fermented apfelwein to prevent further fermentation after backsweetening? What quantity?

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You don't need to read through all 10,000 replies (you could use the search functions!)....someone asks this again about every 3 days or so....if you read 4 or 5 pages of posts, you'll probably see the question (and answers) more than once.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:27 PM   #10137
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Well, I bottled all of mine on 8/9 and since then, I consumed 2 bottles of it already. The first wasn't that great, it was room temp, and one night I just couldn't wait longer to try it.

However, the second bottle, amazing!!! It was chilled for 2-3 days in the fridge, and even though it was dry, being chilled, it was soooo smooth! It was the perfect compliment after mowing the grass in the sun! This is definately going to be available every day.

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Well, I bottled all of mine on 8/9 and since then, I consumed 2 bottles of it already. The first wasn't that great, it was room temp, and one night I just couldn't wait longer to try it.

However, the second bottle, amazing!!! It was chilled for 2-3 days in the fridge, and even though it was dry, being chilled, it was soooo smooth! It was the perfect compliment after mowing the grass in the sun! This is definately going to be available every day.

Oh, and official, EdWort, you MF'er (J/K) !!!!
Was it carbed up already?
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:25 PM   #10139
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Was it carbed up already?
I didn't carb it. I kept it still and dry. Ended up chilling another bottle for this weekend for more people to try! I'm gonna run out before my next batch is ready. Being the first one I made, I didn't take notice to the "start another batch in 2 weeks"... I should've done that.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #10140
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Man I can't wait to get into my first batch of this stuff. I made it back at the end of May and I bottled it a couple weeks ago so I've been letting it carb up. I think I'm gonna throw one in the fridge when I get off work tonight, should have thought to do it this morning though.



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