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Old 11-25-2008, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default Apple Bee (Woodchuck Clone)


2 gal Apple Juice/cider (not from concentrate)
8 oz crystal 10L
4 oz chocolate malt
WLP300 (or wheat yeast)

makes 2.5 gallons

steep grains at 154 for 20 mins (I use a grain bag) in 1 qt of water
sparge grains with 1 qt at 170 (I just dunk for about 5 mins)

Ferment for about 4 weeks (similar to apfelwein) to get rid of the rhino farts smell. I think it tastes a lot like Granny Smith Woodchuck. People liked this alot.
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No hops in this so not a true beer- hence the Apple Bee. It is an excellent drink though, and I made my second batch of this tonight. A few tweeks, I added 1 ounce of torrified wheat (head retention) and 8 oz of german pilsner (malty fermentables). 8 oz of DME would work too. I didn't have hefe yeast, so I pitched plain muntons yeast. After 1 hour, it has a small krausen forming. I think I need to get ready for a violent fermentation!

Recipe Note If you are going to add more grains to do a mini mash, you will need to add more than 1 qt of water. The above notes were added as a side note to alterations that I made as an experiment for a mini mash- Follow the lb/grains=1.25qt strike & 1.25 qt sparge. Read up on mini mashes before you try this though. The original recipe works as written, any thing else you do, you are on your own (but that is the fun part of brewing!).

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Old 11-25-2008, 05:10 PM   #2
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My wife loves granny smith woodchuck. I actually perfer Hornsbys Amber, a little drier.

I made some of Edworts apfelwein a few weeks ago, but I might try this to get something sweeter for my wife.

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Did you by chance take any gravity readings? I'd be interested to know what the OG and FG were.

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og was 1.044 and a fg of 1.006. i am expecting this batch to finish a little higher because of the torrified wheat addition.

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I'm going to add a pound of light brown sugar to your recipe, I got the grains listed in the first post only. It'll darken the color a bit and add quite a few points the FG. I'll be sure to record it and let you know what I come up with.

The new woman is a big cider fan and really likes what she's had in Germany, which she described as being between Hornsby's and Woodchuck but stronger. I gave her a friend's Apfelwein and she said it was good, but what she's had was sweeter and not as strong. Hopefully this will be it...

Thanks for sharing!

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I thought about boosting this with sugar myself. Let me know how it goes!

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UPDATE
As of last night, 12/3, 9 days, it is starting to clear up and look good.
OG reading was 1.044
Last night SG reading: 1.004
Taste: Great!

I will say that I and thinking of racking this onto a bag of chopped apples for a few days before bottling. That is in a few more weeks, so I will update if that happens and the results.

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Well I didn't rack onto apples, but I did bottle on the 14th (3 weeks fermenting) and today it is carbed good enough to drink and if very good. This is one that will be in the rotation every month. It has a quick tart taste and then mellows with the malt flavor for a finish.

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nice. i'm gonna do a batch. gotta use the 3 gallon better bottle I have since it's vacant

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Search ye. find ye.

So how abou tthis?

1/2-1 pound crystal malt grain for steeping
3-4 pounds extra light or ligth DME
1-2 cups Hawiian brown sugar at end of boil
2-5 gallons of treetop apple jiuce. cut with water if less than 5 gallons
Primary for maybe 2 weeks or till hydrometer says go

Secondary with chooped green apples for a while 9?) Peel or no? Cores remved , yes.

Prime bottle carb

chill n Serve

Its fo r SWMBo so no hops

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