My first brew was made shortly after my 15 minute dive into Ed's finest.
That was a whole grain brew from a LHBS and it was baller, we did a great job for our first beer and first whole grain at that.
Back to Apfelwein.
I tried it after 3 weeks expecting it to be bad. It was really really bad. It tasted like watered down apple juice with way too much vodka.
I decided to bottle a few at 3 weeks while previewing the taste, and then I waited until 2 months in and bottled the rest.
I've just had the last of the first batch of bottling, so these have been conditioning in bottle after 3 weeks in the carboy. This last bottle, 7 weeks later, is the best bottle I've had, easily. It's got a fantastic head, the alcohol is not overpowering, it's got a crisp apple taste but fantastic thick mouthfeel, and I've probably had 10 oz and feel very nice.
I've sampled some of the most recently bottled stuff and it doesn't have the mouthfeel, it's very different, far more akin to a still white wine with apple flavor. I'm definitely not as much of a fan. I really like this bottle and the very subtle bubbling/foaming texture as it slashes in my mouth, very cold-beer like.
I'll be making another batch soon, the first being classic Eds and the latter trying champagne yeast, and an earlyish bottling.
Anyone have recommendations for getting that nice mouthfeel I've been talking about using some 'bubbles' yeast?
Love it, btw, it's awesome. I made Ed's wort at a gift exchange by adding cardamom, cinnamon stick, allspice, and brown sugar, was a huge hit, one guy came up and said "this second glass sure does go down faster than the first".