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Old 10-02-2007, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Airlock Question with Apfelwein

Making my first Apfelwein/non beer and I'm following Ed's recipie to the T.

Question is how often will I have to refill the Airlock? it's been about an hour with everything combined in my carboy and i've replaced atleast half the contents of the airlock already, it's oozing into the carboy.

Is this a phase or can I expect a daily refill of the airlock?

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Vigorous action the first week will require adding a bit of vodka to the airlock a couple times, after that, check it every couple of weeks for evaporation.

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Vigorous action the first week will require adding a bit of vodka to the airlock a couple times, after that, check it every couple of weeks for evaporation.
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Just checked again, about 3.5 hours down and the yeast dance is just starting.

Now to wait 4 weeks

Also, as the directions say I dont have to do anything else different for bottle conditioning this than I do to bottle condition my beer? (got my first dunkel weizen in the primary going on 2 weeks )

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Yep. 3/4 cup of Dextrose should do the job. Now all you need is patience.

When you get bored, start another batch. You'll thank me later.

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And another, and another...

I'm trying to build up the equipment for a batch every week... can't seem to keep any in stock around here... every day one friend or another calls to see if I have any more...

I really need to start kegging...

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I really need to start kegging...
I hear ya... i'm hopeing to have a setup by february
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how clear do I want to let this get before I bottle? I'm quickly approacing the 4 week mark and it is starting to settle out.

Do I want to wait till I can see all the way through the carboy?

I guess the best thing to do is get myself a wine thief so i can tell where the gravity is and i'll need one anyway since i'm going to start fermenting in carboys

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how clear do I want to let this get before I bottle? I'm quickly approacing the 4 week mark and it is starting to settle out.

Do I want to wait till I can see all the way through the carboy?

I guess the best thing to do is get myself a wine thief so i can tell where the gravity is and i'll need one anyway since i'm going to start fermenting in carboys
the scientific answer is 'when you take several SG readings over the course of a few days, and the SG does not change'... but 'round here, we just wait til it's clear... hold a newspaper up to the other side of the carboy, if you can read the print, yer good to go...
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the scientific answer is 'when you take several SG readings over the course of a few days, and the SG does not change'... but 'round here, we just wait til it's clear... hold a newspaper up to the other side of the carboy, if you can read the print, yer good to go...
yeah, a fixed gravity reading and a clear product arn't always the same thing are they?

now that you saythat though I do remember reading that once you can read through it it's bottling time
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