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Old 10-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #10341
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I applaud your courage with the cloves. I'd be curious to see how that cidercyserapfelwein turns out. I will guess it will be a bit clovey.
Way too many cloves. Most people put 2-3 in max and many think its too much, at 8 i hate to break it too you but its going to be undrinkable for a very very long time...fish some of them out if you can somehow lol.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:16 AM   #10342
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Ok, hopefully I didn't go too far off the deep end with my experiment. with the holidays coming up I wanted to do something seasonal so I'm trying an apple pie cider. I used two pounds of brown sugar, three cinnamon sticks, two vanilla beans, and one clove.

Any predictions on how it will turn out?

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:13 PM   #10343
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Mine's been in the bottle for about 3 months now. I fermented for a month. I find it really has no flavor. I am drinking some now mixed with apple flavored soda, and it is to my liking. I still have about 40 bottles, so we'll see how it improves with age. I am not expecting flavor to develop. Truth be told, I was hoping for something sweet, but I was not expecting something flavorless. I've read that I was wrong to expect it to be sweet, but I have also read others say that it lacks flavor.
Many have found that the apple flavor actually does develop later around 8months or so. That has been my experience. It of course, won't get sweeter. I think my favorite so far was the standard batch, then stabilized and back sweetened with apple juice concentrate. I kegged it so it was still carbonated.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #10344
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Ok, hopefully I didn't go too far off the deep end with my experiment. with the holidays coming up I wanted to do something seasonal so I'm trying an apple pie cider. I used two pounds of brown sugar, three cinnamon sticks, two vanilla beans, and one clove.

Any predictions on how it will turn out?
I think it is going to turn out very well. I'm thinking I may try that same spices and ratio for my next batch.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #10345
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6gal of 100% apple juice (Kroger)
3lb of Honey (Bulk from Listermann's)
1lb of dark brown sugar
1tbsp cinnamon (instead of 5 cinnamon sticks)
1tbsp nutmet (instead of 1tsp)
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Yee Haw! I think you will end up naming it "The Clove Bomb" Apfelwein batch. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:33 AM   #10346
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I think it is going to turn out very well. I'm thinking I may try that same spices and ratio for my next batch.
OK, so it's only been 24 hours, but OH MY LORD! It smells amazing! I sure hope the final product is as good. It is going to be a very difficult six weeks.

I'm lucky, though, I did a 5 gallon batch in a 6.5 gallon carboy and glad I did. There was a pretty good amount of foaming that I think would have blown out the top in a 5 gallon carboy.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:53 AM   #10347
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Hi everyone!

Thanks to this thread (which I found by following a link from a Fark.com thread about 3 weeks ago) I have purchased my first homebrew pieces just to make apfelwein.

I've wanted to get into brewing for a number of years, but living in small apartments hasn't made that easy. Having moved to a bigger place this past summer, combined with the sweet promise of a new beverage experience have allowed me to convince SWMBO that this might be a pretty good idea after all. Plus, the amount of gear needed to start with apfelwein as opposed to beermaking is almost trivial, since the biggest piece needed is a carboy.

I followed Ed Wort's recipe to the letter. After 5 hours I snuck a peek to see if anything was going on yet, and noticed airlock activity. So things seem pretty good, and this was too simple to put together! I took more time cleaning my new gear (first time, I wanted to make sure everything was clean, clean, clean!) than it did to open and pour all 10 2 liter bottles of juice.

I'm really looking forward to trying out the final results.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #10348
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I am torn between bulk aging and having some for the holidays. I think since I added spices I don't have to worry about bulk aging as much. If I bottle at the end of the month, it will be two months since I made it and should regain some character back and will be ready around thanksgiving.

I did make two batches, with the second having 1 gallon of cherry juice added along with some cinnamon sticks. I plan on letting that go well into next year. Any input on this? How does bottling in two months with spices added work out?

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:03 PM   #10349
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I brewed a 5 gallon batch of this and after I bottled it up in 12 oz bottles and 1 L fliptops, I put it aside to "age" as recommended. Tasted good after a few months so I was satisfied. Before I could finish all of it, I moved to a new place, but I still own the house I moved from, basically using it for storage. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how this may taste), I forgot to bring the brew with me though since I had a pretty decent pipeline going and it just got overlooked. It is now 3 years later and when I went visited the house the other day to go to the basement to get some Halloween decorations, I found a dusty case under the stairs!

Here's the question: think it's safe to drink?

I'm meticulous when it comes to sanitation and everything. Bottles sealed and it looks like the gaskets on the fliptops are still intact.

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:23 PM   #10350
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Way too many cloves. Most people put 2-3 in max and many think its too much, at 8 i hate to break it too you but its going to be undrinkable for a very very long time...fish some of them out if you can somehow lol.
Well, the man did say 6gallons of juice. He did 1 clove per gallong, and two more just cuz.
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