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View Poll Results: How do you like your Apfelwein?
Don't carb don't back sweeten 16 16.49%
Don't carb but sweeten 5 5.15%
Carb and don't back sweeten 65 67.01%
Carb and sweeten 17 17.53%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 97. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-26-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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I'm going to be getting within a month of bottling my first batch and wanted to know what's the favorite way to make it.. To carb or not to carb?? To back sweeten or not?? Could you post in the poll to choose a winner?

 
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:06 PM   #2
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Definitely carbed, makes for a very refreshing summer beverage. However, I added a can of frozen concentrate to my batch, so that sweetens it up without the necessity of backsweetening.
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:55 PM   #3
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did you kill off the yeast or allow the concentrate to natually carb?

 
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:58 PM   #4
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Instead of backsweetening, just let it ferment and condition for 3 months. It's amazing the apple flavor that comes back after proper conditioning. The alcohol and yeast flavor fades, and you are left with a nice light apple flavor. I prefer mine carbed and cold, but still and chilled is also very good.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:06 PM   #5
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I carb and do not backsweeten. I treat it just like a batch of beer.

 
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:41 AM   #6
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Traditionally it's not carbed, nor is it backsweetened, in Frankfurt that is.

 
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:43 PM   #7
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The concentrate that I add will indeed ferment, but just like TwoHeadsBrewing said, letting it sit for 3 months or so will allow the apple flavor to return considerably, muting the yeast and alcohol slightly. The additional apple flavor that the can of concentrate adds makes it a bit more... "apple-y". Yummy!
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:46 PM   #8
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I believe it is traditionally served both ways actually.

I do not touch the stuff for at least 7 months. I find it not all that pleasant before that, but very good after. 7 months is the magic number for my process.

 
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:32 PM   #9
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I have some that is carbed and not back sweetened that is over 2 years old. It has an awesome apple flavor, and is very refreshing.
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:39 PM   #10
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Is there a way to put a Ralf Nader option in that poll? I'll be making my first batch this weekend and I'd like to see what the general consensus is on this.
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