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Old 08-22-2009, 02:35 AM   #5321
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Sipping one right now--mighty nice. Made it with just ordinary grocery store juice, table sugar, and dry yeast (Red Star Premier Cuvee), and it's plenty good. I'll bet you guys who are doing the fresh pressed or organic juices, corn sugar, and high-dollar yeasts are really drinking something. Wouldn't be safe for me to make something that nice--I consider myself a light drinker

I joined this website because I was interested in making beer. Then I discovered Apfelwein and Graff. One of these days I might get back around to trying beer again...maybe.

Edit: Just went upstairs and got a slice of SWMBO's famous pumpkin pie, hot from the oven. Wow, and I thought Apfelwein by itself was good...
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:00 AM   #5322
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I'll bet you guys who are doing the fresh pressed or organic juices, corn sugar, and high-dollar yeasts are really drinking something. Wouldn't be safe for me to make something that nice--I consider myself a light drinker
Oh no no no. I just used Treetop and a bit of Simply Apple, 2lbs of corn sugar ($0.75/lb) and Lalvin dry yeast ($0.85.) Top-tier ingredients don't have to be expensive ^_^
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:06 PM   #5323
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Anyone used Martinelli Organic AJ? There's a discount organic grocery nearby that sells 50oz bottles for $1.99, making a 5 gallon batch cost around $25 for juice.

I figure that the extra $8 for super high-quality juice will be worth the experiment. I figure that if the juice is better tasting in its natural form, it might make for more complex apfelwein. My current batch is definitely good, but I want more apple-y flavors.

 
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:31 PM   #5324
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its offical rhino farts going on right now as planned hopefully wife doesn't go in the pantry

 
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:51 PM   #5325
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Well, I tried my first bottle of apfelwein after a little over 2 months. Only lightly carbed right now but it was still pretty good. It's crisp and dry, which I like. My wife isn't a big dry wine fan so it wasn't a surprise that she wasn't very fond of it.

But that's fine, I really made this for a halloween party come October, so by then it should be outstanding

 
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:22 PM   #5326
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its offical rhino farts going on right now as planned hopefully wife doesn't go in the pantry
the rhino farts get worse when you try to make apfelwein with other types of juices. my wife wouldnt go near our closet for like a month while i did my first batch of apfelwein.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:20 PM   #5327
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hey all...

i just made a batch, but i had to use reg sugar. i put some of the juice in and then some sugar and shook it to dissolve the sugar...i did this with all the sugar....well after i poured the yeast in and the last of the juice I noticed a layer on the bottom of the jug. It looks like sugar...what will the effects be if all of the sugar was not dissolved?

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:26 PM   #5328
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It's fine, it will dissolve as fermentation picks up and moves things around.

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hey all...

i just made a batch, but i had to use reg sugar. i put some of the juice in and then some sugar and shook it to dissolve the sugar...i did this with all the sugar....well after i poured the yeast in and the last of the juice I noticed a layer on the bottom of the jug. It looks like sugar...what will the effects be if all of the sugar was not dissolved?

TIA,

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Old 08-23-2009, 07:32 PM   #5329
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It's fine, it will dissolve as fermentation picks up and moves things around.
great...thanks!

 
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:08 PM   #5330
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Oh, I know good ingredients don't have to be really expensive--I was mostly just going on with folks. Apfelwein may be about the most economical homemade fermented beverage you can make (unless you're into hooch), regardless of what kind of ingredients you use. However, my LHBS is a little more fond of their Lalvin dry yeast than reno envy's--they definitely don't let it out the door for $.89 a packet! But like I say Red Star works just fine for me. I have a gallon going now with Cooper's ale yeast--I want to see if a beer yeast will leave a tad more sweetness. If I'm not satisfied I'll probably go back to the Cuvee--I liked the way it was dry without being tart...perfect with pumpkin pie!
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