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Old 02-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #10781
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Edwort has stated that you can go up to and beyond 6 months in primary.

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Old 02-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #10782
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just made and bottled my first Apfelwein but I noticed moisture/water droplets on the underside of the bung after it was racked and stabalized. Is this normal?

I did use a water cooler bottle so I am not certain it was airtight?

Anything to worry about?

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:05 PM   #10783
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Quick question. Is there an ideal fermentation temp for Montrachet in this recipe? I could control it in the ferm chamber but if it is fine at an ambient of 68'ish I can just put it in the closet for a little while. Going to put my first batch (3 gallon) in the carboy this weekend.

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Old 02-17-2013, 12:19 AM   #10784
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Thanks, but my question is how soon does it become drinkable (good)? I think its been six weeks, but I don't want to start too early if letting it sit is better.

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:16 AM   #10785
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Read first post in thread. It literally tells you that very thing.

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:55 PM   #10786
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Default Rack to Secondary?

I know that Edwort says that you don't need to rack to secondary, but cider people seem to swear by it, saying that leaving it on lees for too long makes for some bad flavors.

So how come the apfelwein is different from the cider when it comes to racking to a secondary?

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Old 02-17-2013, 11:59 PM   #10787
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Because they're wrong.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:59 AM   #10788
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Well, I'm 27 days in on the first 5g batch. Pitched on MLK Jr Day. OG 15.2 Brix, right now at 5 Brix (1.0047 corrected, 99.2% attenuation). Used EC-1118. Been at 68-72F the entire time. No blowoff tube activity for weeks. Have a second 5g batch using cider (sans dextrose) about 10 days behind it that stopped about shortly after.

Tastes like... very green wine to me. I'm not really a wine drinker, but I can tell this needs to age. I don't particularly enjoy the soured bite that's present still at room temperature. Wife loves it; said I should be glad I married a wine drinker. Never seen her pop a bottle of wine. I think she means "wine cooler drinker".

Will let this ride out to about 8 weeks before bottling.

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:36 AM   #10789
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I'm 4 weeks in to the day and just had the first look in a while (had it covered with a black plastic trash bag). It's cleared, but still some bubbling visible coming up the sides of the jug/bottle. Haven't taken a SG reading but that seems sorta moot if I still see bubbling in the jug/bottle, isn't it?

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:36 PM   #10790
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Trying this recipe this week!

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