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Old 12-31-2008, 08:37 PM   #4321
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mine was in the carboy for over a month. the sg seemed to finish at 1010. i kegged it. should i wait a while, or just drink it. it tastes greak. its still pretty sweet.

is it possible that my fermentation was to coold. around 65 in my basement?


when i make y next one, i want to make it bigger. if i add another # of dextrose, should i add more yeast?


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Old 01-01-2009, 12:25 AM   #4322
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So, turns out my scale is broken. It said a 5lbs jar of honey was only 3lbs. It's the same scale I used to weigh the dextrose in my most recent batch of apfelwein... I have a feeling this batch is going to take a while to mellow....


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Old 01-02-2009, 07:52 PM   #4323
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First , let me say that this is one loooong thread! I think we will see 20 pages soon.
433 pages...

Has anyone actually read every page?
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:18 PM   #4324
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Made 5 gallons of this a few months back (probably 4 -5 months ago). After bottling and conditioning for a month or so I tasted it and it finishes with an unpleasant almost sulfurous taste. I did add some brown sugar to a basically unchanged recipe from the first page. Is this aftertaste something that should mellow and go away or did I perhaps f&@k things up with the brown sugar addition?
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I made it through 270 or so pages.

I do have some questions about from the people who have tried mixing in other juices. If those alterations turned out to taste any good? Specifically the people who used a gallon of cranberry with 4 gallons of apple.


Also, does the apfelwein clear quickly around a month? The batch I did on the 5th of last month is starting to layer, with the clear layers on the top. But I have a feeling I will be leaving it in the carboy for at least another week. Since my fermentation temp dropped to the mid 50's when the big cold snap happened. It was at that temp for about ten days.
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:35 AM   #4326
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Just got back from delayed christmas with the family. Brought four bottles of my apfelwein and it was a HIT!
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Also, does the apfelwein clear quickly around a month? The batch I did on the 5th of last month is starting to layer, with the clear layers on the top. But I have a feeling I will be leaving it in the carboy for at least another week. Since my fermentation temp dropped to the mid 50's when the big cold snap happened. It was at that temp for about ten days.
I'm in the same position (put it together on the 5th, waiting for it to clear). I figure mine's gonna take another week or two, but I'm thinking about cold-crashing it, maybe starting next weekend. Anyone know about how long it takes and whether that would help?
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I'm in the same position (put it together on the 5th, waiting for it to clear). I figure mine's gonna take another week or two, but I'm thinking about cold-crashing it, maybe starting next weekend. Anyone know about how long it takes and whether that would help?
I have not taken a gravity yet. I figured I would wait it out until the full 30 days.

My only options for cold crashing, would be to put it outside. But the temps would vary
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patience - it will clear in due time. May take 6 weeks, may take 8, may take 16....

but give it time. You don't want to rush this.
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I have been thinking about re-using my old, dusty Mr. Beer keg to make a 2-gallon batch of Apfelwein. I stuck close to the original recipe last time around, and wasn't too thrilled with the results (I did use a cider instead of juice, though).

I was thinking of using some old Koelsch yeast or maybe some California Ale yeast (or both - what the hell) that have been sitting in the back of the fridge and calling for my attention for a while to achieve somewhat lower attenuation and more esters vs. Montrachet, and maybe use a pound of orange blossom honey instead of dextrose to boost the ABV and get a hint of mead/cyser character going as well.

Does anyone have any experience along these lines?


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