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Old 10-24-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Apfelwein Yeast Availability

I promised I'd post more questions before the weeks end.

This is the wine yeast list from my LHBS.

-94239 The Beverage People Product Listing

I was planning on using the 5 gallon carboy and leaving my Nut Brown in primary until bottling time. So I have a few options.

- Put less volume in the 5 gallon carboy.
- Use another yeast that won't create a krausen.
- Buy a bigger carboy.
- Transfer the NBA to secondary and use the plastic bucket primary.

I thought Apfelwein was supposed to be simple.



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The description of the Pasteur Champagne yeast is very similar to Montrachet (which is the yeast that Edwort uses in the original recipe) so that may be a good choice....Not that I know much about wine, mind you.

I used Premier Cuvee champagne yeast for my batch and it seemed to work out just fine. Champagne yeasts should be pretty neutral and high attenuating, which I think is what you want with Apfelwein.



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There is no krausen with apfelwein. You may come in at less than 5 gallons, but it will be half a pint less. No worries.

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The description of the Pasteur Champagne yeast is very similar to Montrachet (which is the yeast that Edwort uses in the original recipe) so that may be a good choice....Not that I know much about wine, mind you.

I used Premier Cuvee champagne yeast for my batch and it seemed to work out just fine. Champagne yeasts should be pretty neutral and high attenuating, which I think is what you want with Apfelwein.
I have some Pasteur for Root Beer. I think I'll give that a try. Cheers.

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There is no krausen with apfelwein. You may come in at less than 5 gallons, but it will be half a pint less. No worries.
I read on a post that I can't find any more that some people get krausens if they use different yeasts. I'm gonna rig a blow off tube anyway just to be safe.
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Never hurts to be safe. I've only used the Montrachet mentioned above. It gets busy, but never had any krausen with it.

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I've heard that the Pasteur Cham. yeast is good, but slower. I'm currently doing a batch of apfelwein with Premier Cuvee which is rumored to be maybe even faster than Montrachet. I can't vouch for the flavor of Pasteur or Premier Cuvee, but both are rumored to be good. I've also done apfelwein with EC-1118 and the flavor was good.

But, I've decided to never use EC-1118 again, because I seem to have carbonation problems with it (both mead and cider).

Really, probably any neutral yeast will give a good apfelwein.

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The batch I made with Premier Cuvee finished and cleared completely in 3 weeks. Tastes good, too

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I just started a batch with cuvee, did you bottle at 3 weeks and just drink it right away? What was the ABV?



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