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Old 04-19-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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Default Apfelwein in Primary for 13 mo. - Bottling tomorrow

I'm planning on bottling my Apfelwein tomorrow after 13 months. I've got a few questions:

Should I carbonate or bottle it still? (I'm debating between the two.)

If I carbonate it, I think I'll re-pitch some yeast along with the 3/4 cup of dextrose. How much should I use? A half packet?....less?

Would any yeast really be left in suspension after all this time?

I read a Wikipedia article on autolysis (I know, real scientific) and how it can impart good flavors and mouthfeel. Should I just let this go for another year?

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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How about half still and half carbed.

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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I'd bottle some of each. You can always open the bottles of still and carb them later if you find them bbcor to your liking.

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Old 04-20-2012, 05:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice.

I did 4 wine bottles still and had 8 6-packs that should be carbonated in a few weeks. I'm planning on giving some of the six packs away to a friend.

I tasted some of it and it was slightly funky. I'm hoping it's all good, I might have just had a little too much StarSan in it. Maybe I'm tasting some after taste of autolysis? The air piece did run dry on me, but I never saw any physical signs of mold. Oh well.

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