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Old 04-11-2012, 06:19 PM   #9611
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Sucrose is ~46ppg, dextrose is ~36ppg.
So if he's got 2lbs of dextrose in a 5G batch that's:
36ppg*2lbs = 72 points total for a 5G batch
72points/5gal = 14.4points/gal of dextrose
14.4pg/36 = 0.4lbs per gal = 6.4oz dextrose

Sub in 46 ppg for sucrose:
14.4pg is still the amount of sugar we're looking to add so:
14.4pg/46 = 0.313lbs * 16oz/gal = 5oz sucrose
Looks right to me
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:06 PM   #9612
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Sucrose is ~46ppg, dextrose is ~36ppg.
So if he's got 2lbs of dextrose in a 5G batch that's:
36ppg*2lbs = 72 points total for a 5G batch
72points/5gal = 14.4points/gal of dextrose
14.4pg/36 = 0.4lbs per gal = 6.4oz dextrose

Sub in 46 ppg for sucrose:
14.4pg is still the amount of sugar we're looking to add so:
14.4pg/46 = 0.313lbs * 16oz/gal = 5oz sucrose
So If I made a 5 gallon batch with 2 pounds of sucrose and it fermented dry, what would my alcohol percent be?
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:11 PM   #9613
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How to make the wine shown in the photos? They look very good taste!! I really want to drink them! I never brew wine myself before, I just saw my freind brewed the grape wine.

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Apfelwein - Fermenting

Award Winning Apfelwein Recipe (German Hard Cider) Apple Wine Recipe
Placed 1st in the Cider & Apple Wine category at the BJCP sanctioned Alamo Cerveza fest (out of 11 entries) and took 2nd place for Best of Show for the main category of Meads & Ciders (out of 50 entries).

Ingredients

5 Gallons 100% Apple Juice (No preservatives or additives) I use Tree Top Apple Juice
2 pounds of dextrose (corn sugar) in one pound bags
1 five gram packet of Montrachet Wine Yeast

Equipment

5 Gallon Carboy (I use a Better Bottle)
Carboy Cap or Stopper with Airlock
Funnel
  1. First sanitize the carboy, airlock, funnel, stopper or carboy cap.
  2. Open one gallon bottle of apple juice and pour half of it into the carboy using the funnel.
  3. Open one bag of Dextrose and carefully add it to the now half full bottle of apple juice. Shake well.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3, then go to step 5.
  5. Pour in the mixture of Apple Juice and Dextrose from both bottles into the carboy.
  6. Add all but 1 quart of remaining 3 gallons of apple juice to the carboy.
  7. Open the packet of Montrachet Yeast and pour it into the neck of the funnel.
  8. Use the remaining quart of juice to wash down any yeast that sticks. I am able to fit all but 3 ounces of apple juice into a 5 gallon Better Bottle. You may need to be patient to let the foam die down from all shaking and pouring.
  9. Put your stopper or carboy cap on with an airlock and fill the airlock with cheap vodka. No bacteria will live in vodka and if you get suckback, you just boosted the abv.
There’s no need to worry about filling up a carboy so full when you use Montrachet wine yeast. There is no Kreuzen, just a thin layer of bubbles (see here). I'm able to fit all but 4 oz. of my five gallons in the bottle. Ferment at room temperature.

It will become cloudy in a couple of days and remain so for a few weeks. In the 4th week, the yeast will begin to drop out and it will become clear. After at least 4 weeks, you can keg or bottle, but it is ok to leave it in the carboy for another month or so. Racking to a secondary is not necessary. It ferments out very dry (less than 0.999, see here)

Apfelwein really improves with age, so if you can please let it sit in a carboy for up to 3 months before bottling or kegging, then let it sit even longer. Here's what some folks think.



If you want to bottle and carbonate, ¾ cup of corn sugar will work fine. Use as you would carbonate a batch of beer.

Remember to reserve judgment till after 3 glasses. It grows on you.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND START ANOTHER BATCH 2 WEEKS AFTER YOU START THIS ONE.
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compiled by Dammed Squirrels from the first 37 pages of this thread. Thanks DS!

How does it taste?
It ferments quite dry. Some people have tried different yeasts in order to achieve a sweeter taste. It may take you a few glasses to get a feel for the flavor. It is very reminiscent of a sort of apfelwein produced locally in Germany. There really is no comparable product in the United States. It's drier and less sweet than commercial hard ciders. It gets better with age and at 6+ months, the apple flavor really comes out.

How do you sweeten it?
Many folks back sweeten it with Wine Conditioner. Wine Conditioner is a blend of sucrose and sorbic acid. The addition of 2-4 oz. per gallon adds sweetness and prevents renewed fermentation. It can be purchased as any LHBS that caters to wine makers. Others will use Splenda or lactose (other non-fermentable sugars). Germans who prefer it sweet (or Suß as they say) will add a splash of Sprite or 7up to a glass. This is the easiest method as you don't have to make a whole "sweet" batch that way.

What is the difference between Apfelwein and hard cider?
EdWort says, “Most ciders are a bit sweeter. Ciders and Apfelwein are about 6% abv, but I like the little boost I give it with 2 pounds of Dextrose. It adds no body or flavor and still tastes like Possmann's Apfelwein, only it will kick your butt much quicker.”

Is this like Apfelmost / Apfel Korn?

No. Apfel Korn is a german liqeur made from wheat spirits. Apfelmost is spontaneously fermented with fresh-pressed apples or apple juice. It is probably similar, but the results may vary as a result of the spontaneous fermentation. Either way, Apfelmost is most certainly has a lower alcohol content since the initial gravity is not increased by the use of concentrate or corn sugar.

What’s the difference between apple juice and cider?

Cider is made by pressing apples. Juice is then filtered to remove all of the stuff that makes it cloudy.

Can I use apple cider instead?

Sure! You can use whatever you want. However, there is not enough information in this thread to give you any better details as to how it will turn out. I recommend starting a new thread or ask more experienced cider-makers.

What kind of Apple Juice should I use?

Ideally, you want to use 100% natural apple juice with no preservatives. The only acceptable preservative is ascorbic acid, which is a source of vitamin C and does not affect fermentation. Pasteurized juice is preferred, since it will have less bacteria.

How much will this recipe cost me?
5 gallons of Apfelwein can be made for between 20 and 25 dollars.

What else can you do with this recipe?
EdWort says, "this makes a great Grog in the winter time. Take a quart in a sauce pan, add some rum, turbinado sugar, and float a cinnamon stick in it and simmer for a while. Serve hot in mugs. It'll warm you right up."




Drink a quart of water and take 3 aspirin before going to sleep tol help reduce the effects of excessive Apfelwein consumption as well as the urge to call EdWort a M'F**kR the next morning!
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:05 PM   #9614
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I just checked my batch (original recipe) that I started approx 2 months ago. The SG is now at 1.002. How about putting it in beer bottles now and letting the rest of the sugar carb it up? Would this be asking for bottle bombs?
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:13 PM   #9615
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Just got done checking my batch also. I didn't take an OG but guessing it was pretty much per recipe. its about a week into fermenting (can't remember if I made this last sat or sunday)

here is what is in it:
10 cans Meijer Apple Juice Concentrate
3 "heaping" cups of Brown sugar
water to 3.75ish gallons (was going for 2 gallons but for some reason I thought 1 can = 1/2 gallon and thats not true)

sg is now 1.0ish (you getting a sence of my measure accuracy here )pretty clowdy still and still the occational bubble.

might rack off tommrow or might just forget about it till after I get married and go to flordia end of next month. although that is 5 weeks away prolly 7 by the time I get back and settled in before I can bottle

I didn't intend to serve homebrew at the wedding but could be cool to have a case of this stuff avail since ferment is about done would this clear quicker if I racked to a glass carboy? any chance I could bottle say a month from tommrow and be in good shape?

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Old 04-14-2012, 06:49 PM   #9616
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Just got done checking my batch also. I didn't take an OG but guessing it was pretty much per recipe. its about a week into fermenting (can't remember if I made this last sat or sunday)

might rack off tommrow or might just forget about it till after I get married and go to flordia end of next month. although that is 5 weeks away prolly 7 by the time I get back and settled in before I can bottle

I didn't intend to serve homebrew at the wedding but could be cool to have a case of this stuff avail since ferment is about done would this clear quicker if I racked to a glass carboy? any chance I could bottle say a month from tommrow and be in good shape?
It will take 3 more weeks for it to clear and 3 weeks to carb unless your kegging.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:17 AM   #9617
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let the rino farts begin.......
made my batch tonight after bottling Cenn. blonde.....

this will be ready in a week right ??

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Old 04-15-2012, 01:31 AM   #9618
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this will be ready in a week right ??
LOL!! Sure it will. Just hold your noise and chug if the rhino farts have already started!
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LOL!! Sure it will. Just hold your noise and chug if the rhino farts have already started!
Idk I pitched about 2hours ago ill check when I get home. When do the farts start?
I got an extra pack of yeast in case it poops out
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Farts usually come before the poop out... Eww

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