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Old 02-04-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Apfelwein help

Uh oh.

So I'm brewing up a light ale with a buddy and decide to make use of some of the wine equipment that has been gathering dust in the basement. I know, Apfelwein!

I didn't want 5 gallons so I decided to make two 1-gallon jugs and spit the dry yeast between them. So I empty 1/2 a container of juice into the jugs and then mix in some sugar.

Here's where it went terribly wrong. I thought the bag of sugar in the cupboard was a 1 pound bag, so I figured we'd use about 1/2 the bag for both. So I proceed to add 2 CUPS(!!) of sugar to the apple juice. Turns out I used about 1.5 POUNDS of sugar for each GALLON of this stuff.

I just realized the error of my ways this morning. This has been fermenting since Sunday, is there any way to fix this? Can I cut each of the bottles by mixing with another gallon of just apple juice? making four gallons together?
I think the alcohol is going to be pretty high, and don't want the yeast to die out, making a sickly sweet, undrinkable beverage.


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Old 02-05-2009, 02:31 AM   #2
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I don't know how your yeast will handle it, but, yeah, your gonna have a strong drink. Apfelwein gets me wrecked and that with 2 pounds of sugar in 5 gallons.


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Old 02-05-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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So what I should probably do, is make up another 3 gallons w/o any sugar additions, and then when everything is done fermenting, mix them together and bottle.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:09 PM   #4
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I'd mix it up now. You can just throw that stuff together in a bigger carboy now, so the yeast don't get too stressed by the high alcohol. Since it's only been going since Sunday, you can mix it now with no problems.
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its like you made two perfect apfelwein starters for the big batch of apfelwein you always wanted to brew...
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I'd mix it up now. You can just throw that stuff together in a bigger carboy now, so the yeast don't get too stressed by the high alcohol. Since it's only been going since Sunday, you can mix it now with no problems.
I am in a similar situation. I started a batch on Monday night but I didn't even realize that the wife picked up 2qt bottles not 1gal bottles. So after dumping everything in I then realized it was way too low. I then noticed that the bottles were only 2qts each. We did have some extra bottles for the kids so I dumped in all we had but its still about 3/4 a gallon short. So I just dumped the yeast in and was going to pick up some more AJ but then our son came into the world a little sooner than expected so I never added any more to it. So it would be ok to add more juice now or just let it go?
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So I just dumped the yeast in and was going to pick up some more AJ but then our son came into the world a little sooner than expected so I never added any more to it.
What does it take to run into the grocery store? like 5 mins? She couldn't wait?

Reminds me of the time when my wife was pregnant, and I stopped by blockbuster on the way to the hospital to drop off some movies. Boy, was she grumpy about that one.

Yes, I think I'll mix it all up together tonight.


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