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Old 10-24-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Edwort's Apfelwein OG?

I asked this in the recipes forum and didn't get many responses, thought I'd try here.

Is there a target OG for Edwort's Apfelwein? I have seen quite a range, seeing numbers from 1.071-1.060, and have heard of people reporting upto 1.090. With the variation of sugars available in commercial juices, I was wondering if anyone knew what the original recipe might have for a starting gravity target, or if people who have made this often have an OG they like to shoot for when brewing it.

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Mine is around 1.060, but I don't even take readings of my Apfelwein any more. Just use the juice/sugar ratio that Edwort says in his OP, and you'll be fine. Also, you'll be able to tell when it's done b/c it will be crystal clear.

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Mine is around 1.060, but I don't even take readings of my Apfelwein any more. Just use the juice/sugar ratio that Edwort says in his OP, and you'll be fine. Also, you'll be able to tell when it's done b/c it will be crystal clear.
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Really? Why did you stop checking, is your starting gravity that consistent from batch to batch? Or is the character of the drink indifferent to the abv?


Maybe I'll just try a ladder experiment and see what happens when the abv changes.

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I did a batch of this a few weeks ago, and the gravity of the 100% apple juice alone (costco brand) was 1.048. After the 2 pounds corn sugar was in there I ended up about 1.067. I would think that would be pretty consistent, there aren't really any variables.

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I made it with 5 gallons of Treetop apple juice and 2 lbs of corn sugar with 1.060 OG a few weeks ago. It was very well mixed before the OG sample because I aerated with a wine degassing paddle.

It would be interesting to pour a very small sample from each juice container into dish to get refractometer gravity readings for each gallon of juice. I wonder how much variation there really is.

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All you need to know about Apfelwein is that you need to be careful drinking it and, especially, serving it to the uninitiated.

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I made it with 5 gallons of Treetop apple juice and 2 lbs of corn sugar with 1.060 OG a few weeks ago. It was very well mixed before the OG sample because I aerated with a wine degassing paddle.

It would be interesting to pour a very small sample from each juice container into dish to get refractometer gravity readings for each gallon of juice. I wonder how much variation there really is.
I pulled a sample at 2.5 weeks and it's at 0.9966, very clear and tastes great. I'm planning for 8 weeks in primary and bottle carbonating.
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Yeah I guess I was thinking apple juice was apple juice, but I suppose depending on the apples used to make it it could have varied sugar content

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