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Old 09-04-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Quick fast and Tasty Apfelwein/Cider

I just finished drinking my second batch of this and am starting on the third, I have had raving reviews of it.

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Batch Size 5.5 Gal.
OG 1.065
18 Cans frozen concentrate apple juice
Safale 04 or 05

Dump each can in to your fermenter and then add 2 not 3 cans of HOT water, these should all be frozen still hot water is laziness but it actually balances out so you can instantly pitch the yeast. Do this for all 18 cans and you will have perfect starting sugar levels.

I then pitch the yeast right on it and let it ferment for 2 weeks at around 65 degrees. I then rack it and let it sit for about another 3 - 4 weeks. I then keg it up and add some potassium sorbate to stall the fermentation and add 2 more cans of concentrate (warmed to room temp), let it rest in the keg at 12psi (40 degrees) for a week, week and a half and enjoy the 2 glasses it takes to make you feel REALLY good.

I've also made a batch with cinnamon and it really tastes like liquid apple pie.


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Old 09-04-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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Don't you just like it when it's THAT simple???

Makes me want to be a teenager again...if I knew then what I know now...


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Do you really need to add the potassium sorbate if you chill it to ~40 deg? Aren't the yeast pretty much dormant in that range?

Also i've been making the apfelwein and I would like to backsweeten it... is that was the 2 cans of apple juice are for?
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Yes I backsweeten and flavor with the 2 cans of consentrate.
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rj_hockey -
You know, I have been thinking of this, but I will have to keep my eyes out for a good sale. Even on sale the concentrate cans can be just below $3 here.
I really like the idea of mixing it with 2 equal parts instead of three to up the taste.
Thank you very much for posting this.
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rj_hockey -
You know, I have been thinking of this, but I will have to keep my eyes out for a good sale. Even on sale the concentrate cans can be just below $3 here.
I really like the idea of mixing it with 2 equal parts instead of three to up the taste.
Thank you very much for posting this.

Wow....

I love Hawaii, but damn $3 a can is expensive!

Think I pay about $0.95 / can here in Oregon
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Let me know if adding the 2 additional cans of concentrate help with the taste of the cider. I have 5 gallons of apfelwein in the closet and I'm worried about it being too sour.

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Wow....

I love Hawaii, but damn $3 a can is expensive!

Think I pay about $0.95 / can here in Oregon
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I am going to keg my apfelwein this next weekend and I'll toss in two cans of concentrate...
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If your kegging you may want to start with one can, my wife and friends like the sweeter ciders, so they prefer 2 cans.
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I would love to try this, i just cant find cans of apple concentrate anywhere! Im starting to think they dont even supply it in the UK!


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