Just brewed my second batch this weekend, and bottled first batch last weekend. Both Walmart $h@t juice. First batch was Crystal 60 with Notty. Last batch Crystal 120 with Notty and 2lbs brown sugar. Dumped about 4 gallons of apfelwein down the drain. Thought Brandon O was kind of harsh for his description of apfelwien, then tasted the pure hoochiness, and proceeded to place foot in mouth (tasted better than apfelwein). Not sure why, but couldn't shake the sulfur rhino farts. Anyways- new batch is bubbling violently.
BTW-- coming across the original graf thread got me reading the Dark Tower again. Only books I've ever re-read. Thank you Thank you!!!