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Old 12-11-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
Jul 2009
Savannah, GA, US
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Hello everyone

I made my first batch of Apfelwein a while ago, and it has been fermenting in my closet.

Today I was prepping to bottle it, however, when I reached for my carboy I realized I had mistakenly placed a drilled bung on the carboy instead of a solid one- stupid noob mistake. The carboy has sat for a month and a few days with a hole right on the top.

To bottle or not to bottle? It does not look weird, nor does it smell bad - it actually smells pretty good. As far as I can tell, it still worth bottling.

What do you guys think? Is there something I am overlooking?
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:00 AM   #2
Nov 2009
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Well I would say, if it doesn't smell bad, give it a small taste test and go from there.
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
Oct 2009
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There are people on here that ferment in open containers with no issues... I don't but I think you will be fine.. bottle away...

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:45 AM   #4
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What's it TASTE like? If good, then bottle. There is still the chance of it souring in the bottles if there are any nasties in there, but what can you do really?
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:49 AM   #5
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Bottle it.
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:57 AM   #6
Apr 2009
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There should be no issues with bottling. CO2 is heavier than air, so it will make a nice protective pillow over your apfelwein.

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Old 12-11-2009, 03:47 AM   #7
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Use a wine thief (or turkey baster) to taste a sample. If it's funky, toss it. If not, bottle it.

If the container is not sealed, even though CO2 is heavier than air, oxygen will rush in and destroy the inert blanket. It's a physics thing, dealing with partial pressures and stuff.

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:32 AM   #8
Dec 2009
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We all say taste it first. If it's as good as it smells then bottle it.

ITB too.

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