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Old 12-09-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default What apple juice do you use in your Apfelwein?

What apple juice do you use in your Apfelwein OR if you've used multiple brands what turned out to be your favorite?

Also, if you can find it/remember it, how much did you pay per gallon for this brand?

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Old 12-09-2009, 02:28 AM   #2
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Motts is what I used every time I made it.

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Old 12-09-2009, 03:02 AM   #3
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For what it's worth I started with Walmart Great Value brand. Just want to know if increased quality is going to significantly increase the taste of my Apfelwein.

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Old 12-09-2009, 06:41 AM   #4
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As long as it's 100% apple juice with no preservatives, I don't really care about the brand. :-)

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Old 12-09-2009, 09:04 AM   #5
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i started my first 2 batches on august 25, both are still bubbling away in primary and i'm going to let them sit for 6 months total before kegging (january 25, 2010)

i used 10 gallons of tree top, fresh from eastern washington.

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Old 12-09-2009, 12:28 PM   #6
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"Old Orchard" from Fareway, usually on sale at $2.89-2.99 (usually $3.98).

I have about 6-9 batches bottled. Some batches have more bottles left than others, but they are disappearing now that it's colder outside.

I have about 11 gallons of the Apple Juice and Apple Cider on the shelves though.

I also have a couple cans of "Old Orchard" frozen concentrate in the freezer. Don't remember what I paid for them.

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Old 12-09-2009, 02:14 PM   #7
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I started with the Wallyworld brand($1.87 3 quart) and Old Orchard frozen concentrate.
But now I use Indian Summer as all the apples used are grown in the USA (very important to me as Indian Summer brand used to be made here in my hometown!) and the gallons have been on sale for $3.58!
I have used the Meijer brand as long as it has USA apples stamped on it.. their 1/2 gallon ones($1.50 on sale) are made from USA apples but the gallons($3.79 sales) of the same brand have mixed juice from anywhere from Argentina to Brazil to China to USA to Canada. (disclaimer- not that there is anything wrong with these countries, I just am trying to buy more local and support the USA, If you live in different countries you should buy local too!)
But for concentrates I like the Old Orchard the best and the different flavors they have will be fun to add. Their cost is $1.16 per 12oz.
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:56 PM   #8
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I used a concentrate. Fresh juice was running $8/gallon this year from the orchard I normally go to. A wet May made for very few apples this year.

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I just found out that the cheapie grocer store near campus has 100% apple juice for $1.30 for 2 Qts, previously I had been spending about $4 a gallon and they had vitamin C added. I dont think it has a real brand name though, but the store was Save-A-Lot

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Old 12-09-2009, 03:35 PM   #10
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Tree Top Apple juice from Costco $3.48 gal. Tree Top Apple juice from Walmart, $3.88 gal.

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