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Old 07-06-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
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Not to mess with the famous apfelwein but this one is a little sweeter and u can follow original recipe instructions.

-5 gallons of treetop apple cider from concentrate (I chose this because i didn't want any ascorbic acid and i like its taste)
-2 lbs of dextrose
-4 tbs of malic acid
-wyeast liquid cider yeast
-yeast nutrient

My Og 1.0060

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Suggestions always appreciated!

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Old 07-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Does anybody think that there's too much head space? Also i smell a very very lite sulfur smell and was curious to know if it will fade i used wyeast liquid cider yeast I've heard it's normal if u don't oxiginate when u add yeast and how you you oxiginate????

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Old 07-21-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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Does anybody think that there's too much head space?
No, looks fine for Primary fermentation.

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Also i smell a very very lite sulfur smell and was curious to know if it will fade i used wyeast liquid cider yeast I've heard it's normal if u don't oxiginate when u add yeast and how you you oxiginate????
"Rhino Farts" can come from stressed yeast. I usually add yeast energizer at the beginning of every batch. The brand I use says 1/2 teaspoon per gallon.

As for oxygenation / aeration / mixing, consider getting a wine whip. It attaches to a cordless drill. See the pic below.

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No, looks fine for Primary fermentation.

"Rhino Farts" can come from stressed yeast. I usually add yeast energizer at the beginning of every batch. The brand I use says 1/2 teaspoon per gallon.

As for oxygenation / aeration / mixing, consider getting a wine whip. It attaches to a cordless drill. See the pic below.
Is there a difference between yeast nutrient and energizer? I only added added about 2 tbs of nutrient i smelled today and it smelled better but i can still smell it i think I'm just being picky though. I also took og reading and its ready to go to secondary.
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Is it odd that it fermented from 1.0060 to 1.0010 in a week and a half? Should i move to secondary or let it sit a little longer?

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Is there a difference between yeast nutrient and energizer?
Think of Yeast Nutrient as food, and Yeast Energizer as Red Bull.
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Just finished today. It was incredible i did end up adding some natural apple concentrate from lhbs i brought it out to a bonfire and nearly every person tried it and came back for more and more. Few of my brew buddies are starting there own batches now!

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I might get some malic acid and try this recipe out for my next project, what kind of yeast did you use? I see Wyeast, but that's just the brand.

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