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Old 05-31-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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I had the intention of making up a batch of Apfelwein, but as I read more and more on the topic, I'm seeing that to get a good batch I need to let it sit for a loonnnggg time. This cider would be my second batch and I'm super-impatient/ don't want to tie up a carboy for such a long time. Is it worth it? Is their a speedier recipe that wouldn't take so long to be drinkable?

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Old 05-31-2007, 08:25 PM   #2
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You could pick up another bucket for $8 or free. With all the restuarants in town, just find a 5 gallon bucket their getting rid of.

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Six to eight weeks is too long to wait?

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Old 06-01-2007, 05:55 AM   #4
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It's not just the wait, It's also that it'd be tying up a fermenter. I actually work at a restaurant, I"ll scrounge around for a 5gallon bucket. I'd have to find somewhere to get a lid with a good seal on it though, right?

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Old 06-03-2007, 04:31 AM   #5
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Do it. In my experience the waiting seems to be on the bottled end. I'm drinking my last sparkling apple cider that seems like a hooch recipe looking back as my first attempt at anything brewing. This bottle is now over 13 months old and was the best tasting of the batch. Its definately a dry cider, with 3 gallons of cider and 2 lbs of plain table sugar for fermentables. It also has some grape tannin powder (3/4 teaspoon) in it for astringency.

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