Originally Posted by LastKnight
Sounds like apfelwein. Give it about 6-8 months in the bottle, and you should get some apple flavor back.
What he said.
you have a few options - you can prime it and bottle carb it if you want a sparkling beverage (my preferance for this particular beverage)
you can bottle it as is "still" (sans carbonation)
the stronger apple flavor will return with age - but it's fine to drink it now if you like it as is... I do all the time (I have to force myself to save a few bottles if i want to age it) be careful though apfelwein will kick your ass square... VERY quick. the recipe you used is identical to the highly esteemed EdWort's apfelwien... except you used an extra 2 POUNDS of sugar - so your ABV has got to be pretty high...
if you want to add an extra bit of apple flavor AND bottle carb (for a 5 gallon batch this is) add a 16 ounce can of frozen apple concentrate to your bottling bucket. the sugar in the concentrate is adaquate to carbonate -plus you just dumped in the equivelent to a half gallon of applejuice flavor.
I'll never prime apple wine or cider with anything else but Apple concentrate - it's easy, and adds flavor AND "tiny bubbles".
if you want to sweeten it - use splenda or Lactose (anything that won't ferment more)