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Old 02-25-2009, 04:02 AM   #1
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I have a 5 gallon batch of Apfelwein in it's 4th week. Been checking the gravity and it's been the same for a few days. However, it is still pretty dark and not quite clear. There are also small patches of bubbles on the top but isn't bubbling at all through the airlock. Do I have an issue or do I need to just keep waiting? Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #2
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Just keep waiting. You didnt say which yeast you used but Id wait till its so clear you can read through it.

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Old 02-25-2009, 05:01 PM   #3
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I am having a similar problem. I used 5 gallons apple juice, 2 lb brown sugar, 1 pack of red star Montrachet. It has been in the primary since Dec 28th 2008 till now (roughly 8 weeks) It is not clear and there are still very small bubbles finding there way up to the top. I have not taken a sg reading because i figured i would just wait till the bubbles stopped and the apfelwein cleared.

The last batch i made cleared in 5 weeks. Should i take a sg reading and if its 1.000 or lower call it good and let it clear in the bottles?

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Old 02-25-2009, 07:22 PM   #4
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That's up to you, but I always choose to let it clear and bulk age in the carboy. I never bottle before it is absolutely clear.

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Old 02-25-2009, 07:43 PM   #5
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Have you had 5 gallon bathces take this long? It has been at 66 to 70 degrees durring this time.

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:10 PM   #6
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There's a good chance it is done fermenting, as in it probably is. If you are having a hard time with clearing, you can look into cold crashing or even fining agents, but time will most likely clear it eventually.

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:21 PM   #7
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I think i will try cold crashing.

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Sorry, still pretty new. Cold crashing means bringing it to as close to freezing as possible, right? And for how long?

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If you use a cloudy juice to begin with, you'll end up with a cloudy apfelwein.

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Actually, if you use a cloudy juice, you might end up with a cloudy apfelwein

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