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Old 01-13-2009, 03:22 AM   #4361
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Im wondering how the California Ale yeast might do in there. Any thoughts? I have no clue. I was going to save it for an IPA or something...

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:04 PM   #4362
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It looks like my Apfelwein is ready to bottle. OG 1.071 on Dec 10th took the gravity Sunday and today and it is a constant 1.005. It seems most people get a lower FG, anything I can do to get better attenuation?

Edit: Or am I being impatient and should leave it in primary for a little bit longer?

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:01 PM   #4363
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unless you need your fermenter for something I would wait

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:18 PM   #4364
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unless you need your fermenter for something I would wait
I will need it in about 1-1.5 weeks and can wait that long. Then I need it for use as a secondary for my IPA and dry hopping. Seems like fermentation is done, but hopefully it drops a little more in the extra time.


Just smashed the hydrometer too . Time to get a refractometer .
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:02 AM   #4365
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It looks like my Apfelwein is ready to bottle. OG 1.071 on Dec 10th took the gravity Sunday and today and it is a constant 1.005. It seems most people get a lower FG, anything I can do to get better attenuation?

Edit: Or am I being impatient and should leave it in primary for a little bit longer?

That sounds like good attenuation to me, at this rate you have yourself a 8.6% ABV (Beersmith) Apfelwein.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:36 AM   #4366
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That sounds like good attenuation to me, at this rate you have yourself a 8.6% ABV (Beersmith) Apfelwein.
True, I guess I was more focused on the lower FG of 0.997. Whatever the case I will let it sit in primary for another week before bottling. No rush.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:18 AM   #4367
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Hey Ed...just thought I'd let you know my wife and I were over visiting relatives in northern Germany (near the north sea)...anyway, I ran into a little shop that had Geripptes and Bembels (sp?) anyway, I bought a Bembel and 6 cut glasses. I will post a pick here soon. The Bembel is actual black and says "Bembel with care" on it. I had to laugh, so that's why I bought it..now I have something to serve my Apfelwein in!!!

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Old 01-14-2009, 06:15 AM   #4368
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I just got my carboys and beer kit in tonight around 8:00 and had apfelwein started by 9:00. My first brew ever!

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I thought Montrachet wasn't supposed to be this active? Anyone else seen this when making Apfelwein?

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Old 01-15-2009, 01:29 AM   #4370
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What kind of yeast did you use? I haven't made a batch yet, but from the pictures I have seen I noticed that its a pretty tame fermentation when using the dry wine yeast. If you used an ale yeast I would like to know how it comes out because I have some ale yeast that I would like to use, as long as it doesn't come out tasting like swill.

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