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Old 12-24-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Our first Apfelwine...Question about it please?

It isn't bubbling like I had expected. Now this is my first batch. I used Edworts recipe and the yeast recommended. Now the picture attached (hopefully it attaches fine) isn't really very clear, but it was made just 12 hours ago.

Will it start to bubble today?

I think we are going to keg this, maybe bottle half/keg half. Does it taste different if kegged/carbonated? If bottled, do I carbonate or just transfer straight to the bottle?

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Old 12-24-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Definitely don't worry about anything if you just pitched yeast 12 hours ago. If it isn't doing anything after a couple of days then I might be concerned. Also, the bubbling part of fermentation was not super strong when I made Apfelwein, just a bunch of small streams of bubbles rising up the sides of the carboy.

As far as tasting different carbonated vs. uncarbonated, yes it does taste different. A lot of people prefer it carbonated from what I remember, but I like it "still" just fine as well. If you bottle you certainly don't have to carbonate, but you can.

I'm sure everything is fine, good luck!

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Old 12-24-2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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My experience with it is that I usually get the first bubble through the airlock about 3 - 4 hours after putting it together. After 12 hours, it's usually about 1 bubble every 5 - 10 minutes. By 24 hours, it's usually pretty noticeable, and by 36 hours it is vigorous. At 12 hours, I would have to stand and watch the airlock to know that anything is happening.

I wouldn't worry at 12 hours, though.

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Old 12-25-2011, 02:58 PM   #4
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Patience Grasshopper!! Yup, she's a bubbling alrighty!! Tried to capture the bubbles in action. Smells wonderful!!

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Old 12-25-2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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Cheers! Smells great now but if if starts to smell like rotten eggs in a couple days, it's perfectly normal and will go away in a couple more days.

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Old 12-25-2011, 03:55 PM   #6
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Oh wow, thanks for the heads up. I may have freaked out had you not said.

BTW all, the "SWMBO" wanted an alternative to my beer, so she bought the supplies for this and pretty much made it herself. I am probably going to keg it...maybe bottle a few.

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Still bubbling!! Wow.

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You need to top that carboy up...

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Still bubbling!! Wow.
It will probably be doing its thing for a while (3-4 weeks, or maybe more depending on the temp you have it at). Just relax and let it happen.
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You need to top that carboy up...
It's a 5g batch in a 6g carboy. Do I still top it up or will it dilute?
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