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Old 10-31-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
Oct 2009
Berkeley, CA
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Hey everyone,
I recently got into brewing and purchased the basic kit from northern brewer. I'd like to get a batch of apfelwein going so that it's (hopefully) ready around christmas/new year's time. Is there anything I should be aware of if I use an ale pail? I was thinking about making 6 gallons to minimize headspace but I don't know how that will affect the yeast (should I pitch two packets? make a starter?). If the bucket is a bad idea, I don't mind picking up a 5 gallon carboy/BB (I was thinking about getting one for occasional secondaries anyways) but I thought I would run it by you guys first.

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:01 AM   #2
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Oct 2009
Mad River Valley, VT
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You're going to get the carboy sooner or later, so this may just be the excuse you're looking for! But, if not - you'll be fine with a single yeast pack w/6gal in a bucket. The biggest problem is that you're bucket will be tied up for months while it ages.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:18 AM   #3
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Ya get a carboy, I think that cider always tastes better if racked into a secoundary and allowed to clear up. I think it has something to do with getting it off of the yeast cake imo.

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Old 11-01-2009, 10:34 PM   #4
Oct 2009
Newington, CT
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I'm not sure you have the time to make for this holiday season. Most people think 2 months in primary then 3+ months conditioning to make it worth drinking... I've had mine in my primary for 3 weeks now and it's still actively bubbling... I'd make it now for next year.

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Old 11-01-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
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New West, BC
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Expect it to be worth drinking 6 months after the initial 2 months of fermentation. Maybe think about Christmas next year.

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Old 11-01-2009, 11:09 PM   #6
Jul 2009
Jupiter, FL
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Make two batches... One with the Original Montrachet...and a cheater with Wyeast 4028 Chataeu Red... You'll drop clear in 3 weeks with the Wyeast...and be drinking it within a month...at room temp (78 degrees)... Not quite as dry... F.G. 1.004 but I sure do like it.

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Old 11-03-2009, 12:20 AM   #7
Jul 2009
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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Make Graff instead. Ready in plenty of time for x-mas/newyears and easily made in a bucket w/o a carboy.
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