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Old 09-09-2007, 06:37 PM   #21
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It's going pretty well. The krausen is all but gone, but there is still airlock activity, about 1 bubble every 10 seconds. Still a faint sweet tea aroma coming off the airlock also. The color is a little lighter now also, kind of a light pumpkin color to it.

I think I've still got about a week & a half before I'll rack, started on 8-23, 4 weeks is 9-20, then I'll take a gravity reading and rack on top of some lemon juice.

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Old 09-14-2007, 03:31 AM   #22
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any update adolphus mine is looking good and is clearing nicely theres very little airlock activity soi might rack this weekend

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Old 09-14-2007, 04:14 AM   #23
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Nothing yet... airlock activity has slowed, about a bubble every 30 seconds, no noticable clearing yet, but still a week til my 4 weeks is up. Aroma is still sweet tea, but very slight now... I'll see what the next week brings as far as clearing goes, but I think I'll still rack it over onto half a lemon's juice.

It sounds like Cooper's is the way to go, so long as it tastes right, have you tasted it yet?

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:22 PM   #24
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no not yet waiting till i rack and take a gravity reading

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Old 09-15-2007, 10:33 PM   #25
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just racked the gravity is down to 1.00 and is clearing nicely and the taste is umm.. not good it is very weak tasting with hardly any taste at all i mean like nothing im gonna let itfinish and back sweeten and ageand pray it tastes like something. Do you think i could just make some more tea and add it if not bring on amy mew ideas for batch 2

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Old 09-16-2007, 05:32 AM   #26
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Hmm... I dunno, that's why I purposely over-steeped mine a little. I'll have to let mine finish (end of this week hopefully) before I could even try to fix it any. I was also thinking the other day that for a sweet tea, we should be using cane sugar instead of corn sugar. I'll let you know when I rack if my flavor is missing also... oh well, that's why it's a test batch...

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Old 09-19-2007, 11:42 PM   #27
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Well, I racked it this evening, and tasted it...

I am quite disappointed. The ABV came out about 5.5%, and it had almost no aroma at all. We tasted it, and it had almost no flavor. First taste was quite tart, but no flavor followed. A very, VERY, bland tea taste, with a hint of plastic. Adding lemon juice didn't help any, except to add some lemon to the plastic bouquet.

Since airlock activity was down to 1 bubble every minute and a half, I'm not gonna let it ferment any further. I bottled, and put it into the fridge to see if chilling and/or aging will help any.

I need to figure out how to get more of the tea flavor to make it through fermentation. Maybe a different yeast, or a stronger tea base. Also need to get the ABV up a little higher. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, I'll be trying beta 0.2 here in the next couple months.

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Old 09-20-2007, 07:36 AM   #28
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soundslike the same thing i got. Im gonna try again soon. I think im gonna try another expirement. I think im gonna do 2 batches one with a triple amount of tea and the other adding more tea in the secondary.

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Old 09-20-2007, 11:01 AM   #29
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I thought about it over a bottle of Apfelwein last night and came to almost the same conclusion. Double the sugar, then cut it with a second gallon of tea after fermentation. I'll probably try it again in a month or two, as I have some other experiments I want to get out of the way first though. Too many experiments, not enough gallon jugs & airlocks...

Thanks for the help and input dutchboy, let me know if you start another batch before I do...

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Old 09-20-2007, 03:51 PM   #30
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No problem this is something i have been interested in for a while thats y i started the thread a few months back Luckily i found 38 one gal jugs on craigslist for $5 so i have plenty of room to expirement as soon as i geet to the lhbs ill start again im starting my first batch of apfelwien this weekend i would be interested to here about any future expirements thanks for the help

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