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Old 08-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Apfelwein has a layer of krausen forming? I think?

Hey HBT,

I have a quick question that search didn't help me too much with.

Last night at around 10 p.m. I decided to make my first batch of apfelwein using edworts recipe. I used:

- 5 gallons tree top apple juice (same edwort uses)
- 2 lbs corn sugar (dextrose from LHBS)
- 1 package Red Star Montrachet wine yeast

I followed his instructions and put it all in a 6.5 gallon carboy. Sanitized everything with one step cleaner and star-san.

This morning around 10 I checked on it and found my airlock bubbling, and much to my surprise, a layer of krausen-like stuff forming on the top of the juice

I could have swore that I read that Montrachet wine yeast is NOT supposed to form any krausen and only cause some bubbling.

Did I do something wrong? Possibly an infection? I know I'm probably worry too soon and way too much. Just would like some peace of mind

Respectfully,

Patrick

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Old 08-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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It's too soon to make either of those judgments, you are barely over 12 hours. Let it ride.

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The presence or absence of kraeusen is more related to the properties of the wort - how much it "sticks" to itself, for lack of a better word. Everything looks fine to me.

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I had what I thought was a krausen on my first batch. It didn't look that thick, though. I used a five gallon carboy and it event blew up into the airlock. I also used apple cider for that batch so it could have just been protein or something from the fine particulate in cider.

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I made one not to long ago, it had a little bit on top of it also.. can't say if it was that thick.. it was a much smaller batch..

But it did have a frothy layer on top..

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The krausen thickens ... Lol

I have just checked it 3 hours later. The head of krausen has gotten larger and filled out more.

I'm glad to hear y'all say to relax, don't worry, sounds typical or possible etc. ....

Ill just ride it out and let everyone know how it's developing ...

Never had apfelwein before. Hope I will like it

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I had a batch form one and one that didn't both turned out well, just wait till the rhino fart smell comes along!!!!

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I never noticed it on my batches. Mainly because I usually just lock it in a closet and forget about it until I run out of my previous batch. I do check it after several days when it starts stinking to clean up the overflows.

Do you like ciders? Think of it as a cider that isnt super sweet. If you like apple you will like it. But the old rotten apple smell you get for about a week does stink.

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I didn't see that on mine but it's probably fine. Let it sit until you are ready to bottle and then taste it when you take a FG sample. Then you will know for sure.

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