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Old 12-03-2011, 03:09 AM   #91
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Wow this one was difficult to start, I checked the acid content this afternoon and it was resting at 1.3%. Had to drop the acid content make a huge starter.. It is contently bubbling away now after 4 days of nothing.

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Old 12-04-2011, 10:07 PM   #92
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I wonder if the acid varies from brand to brand on the lemonade concentrate?

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Old 12-05-2011, 01:28 AM   #93
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That would be my guess. It would make sense why people have problems starting recipes like this one and others have a great easy experience.

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Old 12-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #94
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I brewed this on 4/29/11 according to recipe. I made several yeast starters knowing from previous posts that there was some trouble. Original yeast could not takeoff. I added the EC1118 and it was like a volcano. I had to cover the carboy opening and let it pressurize until the foaming stopped. 20 days in primary, 30 days in secondary, then bottled. It took a few month before it was drinkable because it tasted hot. End result is a dry, not sweet concoction with very good clarity. It does not have much lemonade flavor and has to be poured over ice to dilute. As of today it is still good bottled, so I would say it has a good shelf life thus far.

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Old 12-12-2011, 05:12 AM   #95
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I just made mine, doing the pink version. Got it in a better bottle under airlock for the primary since i pitched it on top of my Apfelwein cake.

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Old 12-12-2011, 08:03 PM   #96
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I just made mine, doing the pink version. Got it in a better bottle under airlock for the primary since i pitched it on top of my Apfelwein cake.
Never used an apfelwein cake! Let us know how it turns out. I'll be interested to see if it takes off right away.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:16 PM   #97
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Indeed. I think I'm going to do a batch of this after my apfelwein is done.

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It took off within an hour and is flying along with 0 issues. Original Gravity at time of pitch was 1.051

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23 hours later and Gravity went from 1.151 to 1.141 so fermentation is off with a bang. It sounds like someone dropped 40 cups of pop rocks in there!

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Old 12-13-2011, 10:10 AM   #100
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Ok so the new plan is Apfelwein then lemonade

Wat apfelwein recipe did you use? I'm intrigued as to how you trained the yeast so well.

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