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Old 08-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #10191
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I doubt you really need nutrient or energizer. Four lbs is not that much. A lot of wine uses ten pounds pf sugar. 1118 will plow a deep forough. Mike

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Old 08-26-2012, 07:28 PM   #10192
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Boom, just got my first batch going! So much great info in this thread. Thanks EdWort & everyone else for the input.

I had an extra 64oz apple juice so I made a 5.5 gallon batch, other than that, followed the recipe precisely.

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Old 08-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #10193
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I doubt you really need nutrient or energizer. Four lbs is not that much. A lot of wine uses ten pounds pf sugar. 1118 will plow a deep forough. Mike
This is what I was hoping. I am hoping that the 1118 will take care of the problem for me. If it tastes too alcoholic I will just cut it with apple juice. I will post taste results in mid October
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #10194
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This is what I was hoping. I am hoping that the 1118 will take care of the problem for me. If it tastes too alcoholic I will just cut it with apple juice. I will post taste results in mid October
Normal apfelwein is about 8%. Yours will be about 10%. Give it some extra time to age, but I doubt that it will be intolerable.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:13 PM   #10195
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I ended up starting my first batch of apfelwein on Sunday. I ended up 7 ounces short on sugar at 25 ounces and also boiled 3 cinnamon sticks and a clove and added to primary.

Should I add the extra 7 ounces of sugar? I won't be able to hit the brew store until Saturday if so. How will 7 ounces of sugar short affect this? I'm assuming less alcohol content.

I didn't check my gravity either. Not terribly concerned at this point, but I am guessing I am a point or two below 1.066 to start.

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Old 08-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #10196
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Nice, I just got a very small batch going. I found a gallon of organic apple juice at the store in a glass bottle, so I bought it, poured a little out, poured in some sugar, and added some champagne yeast. She's bubbling away right now. I know I need to get more started now!

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Old 08-28-2012, 03:43 PM   #10197
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Used a different champagne yeast this time almost had a blow off... I caught it in time and carefully removed some of it from the carboy to give a little more breathing room, and added new starsan to the airlock after cleaning it out. Did I make it too full? It was really close to as full as possible. Maybe I was pushing my luck, or maybe montrachet is just less bubbly. I have another very full carboy of juice and sugar just waiting for yeast, wonder what I should use.

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:05 PM   #10198
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I have a question about the carbonating process (Sorry if it's already been answered... I couldn't seem to find the info)

When you say you add the extra sugar before bottling, like you would when carbonating beer, how exactly does that work? Do you add the sugar directly to the primary fermenter, or do you add a bit into each bottle?

Also, with the amount of sugar in the recipe that you add for carbonation, is there any risk of the bottles exploding from the pressure?

Thanks! Can't wait to try this out next week!

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:17 PM   #10199
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I believe the extra sugar would go directly into the bottle. Bottle explosion is always a real risk in this case. If you add it to the primary ferementer most likely the yeasts will eat it unless you have so much sugar they die off from the alcohol level.

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I have a question about the carbonating process (Sorry if it's already been answered... I couldn't seem to find the info)

When you say you add the extra sugar before bottling, like you would when carbonating beer, how exactly does that work? Do you add the sugar directly to the primary fermenter, or do you add a bit into each bottle?

Also, with the amount of sugar in the recipe that you add for carbonation, is there any risk of the bottles exploding from the pressure?

Thanks! Can't wait to try this out next week!
Do you have a bottling bucket? Ideally you would transfer yoru wine to a bottling bucket. Then add dissolved sugar to the bottling bucket and stir well before bottling.
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