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Old 06-28-2007, 04:41 AM   #1671
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Ack... dilemma...

I bottled 5 gals 05/19/07.

I have 4 bombers left. (told you I was going thru it faster than I should)

I won't be able to get any Red Star til next weekend, plus since I'll have the house to myself I was planning on cranking out the Honey Hefe and the Irish Red Ale that I've been sitting on for months now.

Not a biggie since the Hefe won't need a secondary, I can take up my one of my 5 gal carboys with a new batch of Apfel and have the other standing by when the IRA is ready to secondary...

The dilemma is that I'll still have 6 more weeks before the next batch of Apfel is ready... Which would put bottling it the weekend of August 18th.

FOUR bombers to get me thru til August 18th?

Sh!t.

I gotta do better on my planning....

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Old 06-29-2007, 12:24 AM   #1672
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Ack... dilemma...

I bottled 5 gals 05/19/07.

I have 4 bombers left. (told you I was going thru it faster than I should)

I won't be able to get any Red Star til next weekend, plus since I'll have the house to myself I was planning on cranking out the Honey Hefe and the Irish Red Ale that I've been sitting on for months now.

Not a biggie since the Hefe won't need a secondary, I can take up my one of my 5 gal carboys with a new batch of Apfel and have the other standing by when the IRA is ready to secondary...

The dilemma is that I'll still have 6 more weeks before the next batch of Apfel is ready... Which would put bottling it the weekend of August 18th.

FOUR bombers to get me thru til August 18th?

Sh!t.

I gotta do better on my planning....

Ize


Here's a good plan: to avoid this ever happening again, buy at least 3 carboys and put up a new batch every month. You can drink it all, right? ...Right?
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:01 PM   #1673
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Well, I got quite a few people "feeling no pain" this weekend. Had a 5 gal corny of Ed's Apfelwein that was back sweetened with 2 cans of apple juice concentrate. I did some independent research and found this amount of sweetening seemed to appease the masses.

It was for our local wedding reception. I had many compliments. most of the compliments were: "Wow, that's great cider. But I've only had two glasses and am feeling drunk!"

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Old 07-02-2007, 09:52 PM   #1674
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Well, I got quite a few people "feeling no pain" this weekend. Had a 5 gal corny of Ed's Apfelwein that was back sweetened with 2 cans of apple juice concentrate. I did some independent research and found this amount of sweetening seemed to appease the masses.
When did you back sweeten it in relation to when you served it?

Sounds like a great party!
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:54 PM   #1675
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Here's a good plan: to avoid this ever happening again, buy at least 3 carboys and put up a new batch every month. You can drink it all, right? ...Right?
But of course! It pays to have kegs of this carbed & ready for....

When the Keg Blows!!! (sounds like a Soap Opera).
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:57 PM   #1676
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can you put this in a secondary like beer? Reason being, I'd rather have this sit in cheaper 5 gallon carboy's than 6.5.....or where to get better bottles?

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Old 07-02-2007, 10:08 PM   #1677
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can you put this in a secondary like beer? Reason being, I'd rather have this sit in cheaper 5 gallon carboy's than 6.5.....or where to get better bottles?
Sure, but I make 5 gallons in 5 gallon Carboys. Using my recipe, you can fill it up and not worry about foam or blow off. Rack away to your 5 gallon carboy and while you are at it, start another batch. You'll need it.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:15 PM   #1678
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Just bottled my first batch of the apfelwein yesterday. The entire experience, from start to bottling, has been practically effortless. I let my wife do the pouring when we put it together, and she had fun doing it.

The final product was super-clear... I could see my hand on the other side of the carboy. The flavor was kind of surprising. It was very clean, mostly dry, and just a hint of the original apple flavor remaining. If anything, I'd say the flavor was a little too understated, but it makes a great summer beverage. I might pull out a bottle or two for the rest of summer, but I plan on letting them sit until fall, when I'll start mulling them.

My wife also thinks they'll make handy Christmas gifts. Now, if I can only find a way to get them to Louisiana on an airplane...

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Old 07-03-2007, 12:12 AM   #1679
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Put them in a box lined with tin foil, keep it in one of the larger bags that you're checking?

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Old 07-03-2007, 04:48 AM   #1680
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Apfelwein is the shiznit. Also please don't try and use tin foil to block x rays. Tin foil is as transparent to xrays as glass is to your eyes. the only thing that would work is lead. good luck with that one....

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