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Old 03-18-2007, 03:43 PM   #1071
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A couple pints in, this guy says, "Man this tastes just like this stuff I used to drink when I was stationed in Germany.. Apfelwein."
There ya go. Independent Validation! Sounds like you had a great time!
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:45 PM   #1072
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I'm at the start of week 11. It measured at 1.004, so I'm gonna let sit for another week. My temp is now been at 60'F for a couple weeks, up from the mid 50's.

The taste was a little different than I expected. It had a subtle apple-beer like taste. I think some aging would help with that though. Kind of dry but not too dry like a batch I tasted made w/WL-775 Cider yeast. Not bad in my opinion, alcohol was pretty much undetectable.

SWMBO thought it was gross, but managed to get her to take two sips.

Getting her to drink three glasses now would require full body restraints. -

I'm guessin' I be using that 1-lb bag of lactose I bought this weekend.

Question: Has anybody noticed a flavor change after being fully carbed and chilled?

My other ciders have improved slightly with age, but they were cloudy when bottled. This stuff is pretty clear right now.

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Old 03-18-2007, 11:04 PM   #1073
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Question: Has anybody noticed a flavor change after being fully carbed and chilled?
Yeah, it tastes much better and disappears at a much higher rate.

All ciders can benefit from aging and this one does as well. It's kinda neat being able to drink it 5 weeks after starting, but if you have a few carboys laying around empty, it does not take much to keep an eye on the airlock once a week after fermentation is done.

BTW, I SWMBO just compared an imported UK cider called Dry Blackthorn Cider. No comparison. Mine won hands down. The Blackthorn was not very dry.
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:07 AM   #1074
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Well, my first batch, following the recipe to the T, turned out great But I'm thinking of adding a little sweetness for the next batch. I'm thinking 2 pounds of corn sugar again for the alcohol boost, plus a pound of lactose for sweetening. Sound good? Also, can I just add the lactose along with the rest of the ingredients at the beginning, since it doesn't ferment? Thanks!
FWIW - I added Splenda and it did nice job of sweetening it up without the slight "thickening" I sometimes get with Lactose.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:35 PM   #1075
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FWIW - I added Splenda and it did nice job of sweetening it up without the slight "thickening" I sometimes get with Lactose.
How much for a 5gal batch?
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:52 PM   #1076
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How much for a 5gal batch?
x2, I am lactose intolerant, and I don't think my LHBS sells lactose.
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:08 AM   #1077
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well EdWort all i can say is thanks again......the first batch was a huge hit.....pushed me to make a second.....and 3rd and 4th just got the stoppers and airlocks.....cant keep the stuff around. soon as the boys get a whiff i made a batch they seem to flock over to help with whatever project i got going on.....lol.....4th batch was a thank you to my cousins who helped me move last week.....
20 gallons and going strong
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Old 03-20-2007, 03:35 AM   #1078
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well EdWort all i can say is thanks again......the first batch was a huge hit.....pushed me to make a second.....and 3rd and 4th just got the stoppers and airlocks.....cant keep the stuff around. soon as the boys get a whiff i made a batch they seem to flock over to help with whatever project i got going on.....lol.....4th batch was a thank you to my cousins who helped me move last week.....
20 gallons and going strong
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You're quite welcome! I just put a new keg in the kegerator this morning. I had to defrost the sucker (I hate that about my Haier kegerator, but I love my triple tapper).

It's such a favorite, I'll always have it on tap. Key is to have several carboys going so you don't ever run out. Seems like you have that down pat!

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Old 03-20-2007, 04:18 PM   #1079
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I plan on bottling this in 2 weeks. But I am going to run into a slight problem. I am short on bottles. SWMBO insists that buying a kegging system is NOT and I repeat NOT the way to solve this problem. IIRC in the hard lemonade thread there was talk about soda bottles. Is this a viable container for Apfelwein?

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Old 03-20-2007, 05:30 PM   #1080
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I had to bottle, I would use these 1 Liter plop tops. You'd only need 20 for a 5 gallon batch or so.

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