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Old 02-09-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default When will my apfelwein clear?

It's been fermenting for 3 weeks, and while I know it needs to ferment at least 4 weeks, I'm just curious when it will begin to clear. It's not super cloudy or anything, it's just that I can't yet "read a newspaper through it." Any ideas on this? Thanks.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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Mine took about three months till you could read a paper through it, and it really wasn't drinkable for about 6 or more....I just gave some year old away at Christmas and people loved it.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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4 weeks is typically clears up. For me, it's usually between 25-28 days so just before 4 weeks. I recommend leaving it in there until you can read a newspaper through the carboy (not joking). That took about 6 weeks for it to become crystal clear.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:45 PM   #4
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I am with Revvy. It all depends on you though. For some people AW is ready after 6 weeks... I don't touch it before 7 months. Usually about 8 weeks in the primary, then to a keg (or bottles) for aging.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:46 PM   #5
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+1 on the 6 weeks. Just start another batch now.

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Old 02-09-2009, 09:16 PM   #6
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same here...mine was absolutely finished and clear around the 6 week mark. Nice golden color.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:18 PM   #7
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Mine is about a month old and its beginning to clear. But I dont want to wait 6 months to drink it. I dont have enough storage.

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:44 PM   #8
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I want to wait and have the storage...but I can't wait.

mine usually clears in ~6 weeks too

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Old 02-10-2009, 12:31 AM   #9
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I want to wait and have the storage...but I can't wait.

mine usually clears in ~6 weeks too
dont have the storage or the space? start hitting up your friends for bottles. hey a bench capper and your good to go.
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:53 AM   #10
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My first batch never really cleared but tasted great. My second batch cleared in about 5 weeks (I did add yeast nutrient...not sure if this helped). I bottled the second batch in 6 weeks and it tasted great.

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