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Old 02-13-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default what does EdWort's Apfelwein taste like?

Newbie brewer here. As I've been lurking on the HBT forums, I keep coming across the recipe for Edworts Apfelwein and I intend to make some this weekend. It seems almost like a rite of passage!

My question is this: is there a readily available, commercial product that roughly approximates what this will taste like when done?

Thanks in advance

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Old 02-13-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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It tastes to me like a dry Brut with a slight apple over tone. Go grab an inexpensive bottle of dry sparkling white wine (aka, "Champagne") and that'll give you a hint. As for me, I think it's delicious and I don't drink wine an any mentionable quantity.

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Being serious though, its very dry, little appleish, its very good. I dont like wine much but the old lady does, but we both LOVE edworts

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They hit the nail on the head, I used some raspberry juice in my batch and it is just a touch more tart than what they describe but it is so good!

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Really good, I added some splenda for sweetness and used frozen concentrate instead of sugar to raise my gravity to 1.10. I got nice apple flavor you could still taste mixed 1:1 with sprite. I drank my first bottle after a few weeks, I can't imagine it'll get much better then it already is.

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The wife prefers sweeter wins (White Zin primarily). I hesitate to mess with a "classic" without having tried it first, but it sounds like I may want to make it a bit sweeter than normal...maybe add some non-fermenting wine sweetener prior to bottling??

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Shouldn't of read this thread, makes me want to open a bottle then I will need to call Ed a M'er F'er in the morning....poor Ed.

Honestly I make it per the recipe and it has 0 bite to it(don't even taste the alcohol) next thing you know you are chasing the dog around the block and your neighbors remind you that clothes are required outside of the house :/

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We make ours with cooper's ale yeast, you can have it when you pry it out of my cold dead hands.

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