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Old 02-11-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Apfelwein: when to bottle

I have my second batch of apfelwein in primary for a month now. I don't plan to drink it for probably two more months. Should I bottle it now and leave it bottled for two months or let it sit in primary a bit longer?


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Old 02-11-2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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I would rack it to the secondary.. let it sit for a week to get more of the sediment out.. then bottle


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Old 02-11-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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I recently bottled mine after a 4 week primary. It had fallen completely clear and when i took the gravity it had already started to carb up. I used D-047 yeast so a little different than the standard, not sure if that made a big difference. My FG was a little high 1.006 (but my Hydrometer is off by .004) so really was closer to 1.002. I bottled since I am going out of town this week for 2 weeks, figured I get it done or may be another month in the primary. From all the posts I found when i searched, the main indicator besides an FG around 1.000 is that it had fallen to be clear. Hope that helps.
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According to EdWort:

At least 6 weeks in primary @ 74 degrees
No secondary

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f81/edwo...felwein-33986/


A better question would be, is there any advantage to cold crashing?
I don't see that mentioned anywhere.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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My first batch of apfelwein, 1 month in primary and the airlock is still bubbling every 5-10 seconds!

I think it matters what your temp is, my temp is 64deg which will make it ferment slower, so i'm going for 2 months in primary, then 1 month in bottles before I start drinking a few.

I believe cool crashing would work too, or a secondary would clear it out too.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:27 PM   #6
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Can Apfelwein be fermented in the plastic 5 gal water jugs? I know its a big no for beer, but didn't know about this...
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:33 PM   #7
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Correction ed's recipe states After at least 4 weeks, you can keg or bottle,
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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Can Apfelwein be fermented in the plastic 5 gal water jugs? I know its a big no for beer, but didn't know about this...
Depending on the type of water jugs you can use them for beer too. There is a lot of BS floating around about plastic, but if its food grade type plastic #1 or #2 is fine. If the plastic is one of those two grades don't worry about it.

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