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Old 01-19-2007, 06:12 AM   #651
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My first batch has been fermenting for just over two weeks. Airlock activity is down to a bubble about every 1.5 minutes now. Today I decided to take a gravity reading and a little taste. OG was 1.062. It is down to 1.002 now and is really starting to clear.

I have to tell you that I was totally surprised by the flavor! It tastes like champaign! My wife could not believe how good it was, and this is at two weeks! I know that it will probably dry out a little bit more, but daaamn it's good! What surprised me the most was the lack of any alcohol "burn". I can see now how one could get totally stupid on this stuff if one was not careful.

Thank you Ed, and my wife thanks you as well!

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Old 01-19-2007, 07:13 PM   #652
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I'm finally drinking mine! It was in the primary about 40 days, now straight to keg! This is exactly perfect in my book.
Recipe was:

SafAle s-04
3 gal apple juice (pasteurized - no asorbic acid)
1 gal water
1 lb brown sugar
2 lb dextrose

(4 gal recipe)


Went from 1.069 to .998 which is impressive for a $1.12 dry yeast. That's 9.3ABV. I've had 2 glasses and am now listening to Snoop Dog. Life is good.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:23 AM   #653
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Again I searched for this with no success. There's no need to boil up the dextrose before dumping it in?

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Old 01-20-2007, 12:34 AM   #654
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Again I searched for this with no success. There's no need to boil up the dextrose before dumping it in?
Nope. I buy it in one pound bags at Morebeer.com. It makes it easy to pour in the half full jug of Apple Juice.

I've never had a problem in not boiling. Dextrose dissolves very easily.
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Nope. I buy it in one pound bags at Morebeer.com. It makes it easy to pour in the half full jug of Apple Juice.

I've never had a problem in not boiling. Dextrose dissolves very easily.
Thanks man!

I have my 5 gallons of juice, my Montrachet yeast came today, I have 2 pounds of dextrose, and I've been soaking my gear in Starsan for a couple hours now. I'm off to make some Apfelwein!
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And here's a pic taken 1/19/07. You can see the carboy on the right is starting to clear and the other two are cranking right along.

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Man that stuff is quick to make. I made up a batch, cleaned up, drank a few homebrews, and programmed my television all in this time.

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Man that stuff is quick to make. I made up a batch, cleaned up, drank a few homebrews, and programmed my television all in this time.
yeah baby! That's what I've been talking about! Then again, that's why I have 3 carboys sitting on the brew bench. If I had more room, I would have a couple more.
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Is this like beer and have to keep it protected from the light? This is the first thing that I am going to put directly in my carboy. I have never seen an active fermentation, and just wanted to know if I should keep it covered with a towel to protect it from the light.

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Is this like beer and have to keep it protected from the light? This is the first thing that I am going to put directly in my carboy. I have never seen an active fermentation, and just wanted to know if I should keep it covered with a towel to protect it from the light.
Nope. No hops in it.


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