Apfelwein in a bucket - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Apfelwein in a bucket
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 10-31-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 5
Default Apfelwein in a bucket

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.

DanMulvey is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2009, 03:01 AM   #2
pdbreen's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mad River Valley, VT
Posts: 344
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


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.

Atomic Dog Brewery

On Deck: Centennial IPA, Dry Irish Stout
P: Cascade Pale Ale
S: (nothing!)
K: (nothing!)
T: Carbed Crystal Light, Root Beer, Vanilla Cream Soda, Tripel IPA, Apfelwein

e^(pi*i) + 1 = 0
pdbreen is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2009, 04:18 AM   #3
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Racine
Posts: 88
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 2


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.
mikejamesnelson is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2009, 10:34 PM   #4
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Newington, CT
Posts: 267
Likes Given: 1


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.
Brewin06111 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New West, BC
Posts: 373
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


Expect it to be worth drinking 6 months after the initial 2 months of fermentation. Maybe think about Christmas next year.
ruffdeezy is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2009, 11:09 PM   #6
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jupiter, FL
Posts: 323
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts


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.
chuggs is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2009, 12:20 AM   #7
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: MD
Posts: 59

Make Graff instead. Ready in plenty of time for x-mas/newyears and easily made in a bucket w/o a carboy.

-= Everyone must believe in something. =-
-= I believe I'll have another beer. =-
HandsomeRyan is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Great Modified Apfelwein to Horrible Apfelwein in 1 week? gyrfalcon Cider Forum 12 11-28-2009 08:47 PM
Infection in Bucket - Throw Away Bucket? HokieBrewer Equipment/Sanitation 11 07-03-2009 03:37 PM
Is anybody else still using the bucket-in-bucket system? Finn All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 18 04-05-2008 11:48 AM
Got to get a new bucket.... Ol' Grog Extract Brewing 10 06-26-2007 02:05 PM
Fermenting Bucket and Bottling Bucket popscube Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 04-25-2007 01:44 PM

Forum Jump