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Old 07-02-2008, 04:43 PM   #11
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Brenda really enjoyed it.
And to think, in my formative years, all we ever used crabapples for is beaning each other.

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Old 07-03-2008, 12:48 AM   #12
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I opened a bottle of this on club night for some fellow HBT'ers. Either they liked it, or they are good liars. I personally liked it, though, so that's what matters!
Oh I loved it! It is one of the best wines I've ever tasted.
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Old 07-04-2008, 05:08 AM   #13
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Brenda really enjoyed it.
And to think, in my formative years, all we ever used crabapples for is beaning each other.
that's pretty much what I used them for too. Sounds like a great find, what was the final abv?
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:46 PM   #14
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that's pretty much what I used them for too. Sounds like a great find, what was the final abv?
I don't know, let's see, the OG was around 1.090. But I added some honey (just a little) and it finished around .990.

So, 13.7% ABV or so?
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:03 AM   #15
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Thanks for the recipe Yooper! I started my first batch today. I didn't freeze the crab-apples first, I just squished and put them in for the initial soak. Do you think the pectinase will still be able to chew them up enough despite the lack of the freeze thaw step?

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Thanks for the recipe Yooper! I started my first batch today. I didn't freeze the crab-apples first, I just squished and put them in for the initial soak. Do you think the pectinase will still be able to chew them up enough despite the lack of the freeze thaw step?
Yeah, I think it'll be fine! I only freeze them first because it's easier to squish them after freezing, plus I can't really deal with 70 pounds of crabapples at the moment!
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Thanks Yooper! I also had another quick question. With the stirring steps (each day) I'm worried about introducing contamination, am I being paranoid? Thanks

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Thanks Yooper! I also had another quick question. With the stirring steps (each day) I'm worried about introducing contamination, am I being paranoid? Thanks
Yes, you're being paranoid! Just use a sanitized spoon (stainless is ideal, but hard plastic works- don't use wood) and stir it up. I just put a towel over the primary but you can use a rubber band around the towel to hold it in place if it makes you feel better. I just try to keep out fruitflies during primary.
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Yooper,

How about pressing the crabapples after that day 5 ??

Any thoughts ??

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How about pressing the crabapples after that day 5 ??

Any thoughts ??

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I don't have a press, but sure, that'd be ideal. I just squeeze my heart out.
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