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Old 01-31-2009, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Montrachet or EC-1118 for cran-apfelwein?

I'm starting a batch of hooch tomorrow using 50/50 cranberry cocktail and applejuice (with 2 lbs sugar for 5-gallon batch). I have Montrachet and EC-1118 on hand. Which do you guys think will give better results?

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Old 02-01-2009, 12:36 AM   #2
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Cranberry cocktail is different then juice if you are not aware. Did you make sure the ingredients are all good?

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Old 02-01-2009, 01:19 AM   #3
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Cote des blanc.

Cote des blanc

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I would go for the EC-1118 it is a very hardy yeast, as for Forrest's post , I have never used that he may know better! but you will need a strong yeast to get past the acid content of the Cranberry juice !!!!!




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The EC-1118 can go to 18% but it will make it extremely dry. If that is what you want go for it.

The Cote des Blanc is designed for fruit wines and it can handle 12-14%. It won't strip the fruit flavor and will not make it extremely dry.

You will probably like the end result better. Try it and find out.

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The cran-cocktail is just CB juice, water, sucrose, and asorbic, so it should be fine to ferment.

I've used cote de blanc for several batches of cider/apfelwein with good results, but I don't have in on hand. The LHBS is a pain for me to get to and I'd rather use what I have.

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Then Montrachet it is.

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I ended up going with Montrachet based on AHB's recommendation and because I decided that I didn't want to make too many changes to the original recipe at once.

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IMHO, you're going to want to stablize and backsweeten the batch when you're done, cranberry is very tart, and when you take it out dry, it will be VERY puckery. When I did a cranberry/hibiscus mead I tried taking it dry first, what a mistake, super, super tart. I ended up wishing I had used cote de blancs or D47.

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IMHO, you're going to want to stablize and backsweeten the batch when you're done, cranberry is very tart, and when you take it out dry, it will be VERY puckery. When I did a cranberry/hibiscus mead I tried taking it dry first, what a mistake, super, super tart. I ended up wishing I had used cote de blancs or D47.
I plan on bottle-carbing, so that's a no-go. If it ends up too tart I'll probably just cut it with sprite. However, I like things very very dry and tart, so I expect it won't bother me too much.
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