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Old 05-06-2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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Default Not sure about this apfelwein...

My first batch has a salty taste to it. It was in primary for 6 weeks and it has only been in the bottle for 2 weeks @ about 63*. I couldnt wait to try it though. It is hardly carbed at all. I think I need to bring it up out of the basement.
Has anyone had this salty taste before? It also still has sort of a sulphury smell to it as well. I am guessing it is just green.
I think next time I want more of a cider than a wine. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-06-2009, 12:14 AM   #2
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probably is green, but salty? weird. I suppose it could be autolysis - yeast contains MSG natrually, which could probably taste salty if it was released into your beer.

Did you use Morton brand apple juice?

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I used whatever Sam's carries. I cant remember right off the top of my head.

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Patience is your friend. Good ciders take months to mature.

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Old 05-06-2009, 12:39 AM   #5
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Ed.....You're just the guy I wanted to hear from! So do you recognize the taste/smell I am referring to? Think it is just green?
I just moved it to one of the spare bedrooms on the first floor to raise the temp a little. Ill give it a month or so and give it another try.
Now if that damn Irish Red would hurry up!

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Old 05-06-2009, 01:48 AM   #6
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I have recognized the smell, but not the taste. I have not tasted Apfelwein younger than 4 months in a very long time. I try to let it go 6 to 8 months before tapping a keg.

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Six months and it hits its stride. Eight months and it'll blow your mind. It's cheap so there is no reason not to make 55 gallon barrels of the stuff...

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Six months and it hits its stride. Eight months and it'll blow your mind.
I'm stealing that quote and putting it in the first post of the Man, I love Apfelwein thread.
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So I should have just bought the 55g barrel from the orchard... he only wanted $125.

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