Hey all, been around a while and stopped brewing a couple years ago. I recently found a recipe for Apfelwein on the web and starting brewing it. Further reading brought me back here and to that monstrous thread
I've made 6 5ga batches so far and have bottled 3 of them. I have 4 carboys
With each batch I have used at least 3ga in each of apple juice, sometimes adding different 100% juices to top it off.
I have also added more sugar and honey at times
When I bottle it, I set off to the side a 12 pack to be tried sometime in the future. I assume that it will get better over time, even in a bottle. I have moved away from 12oz bottles since they "disappear" too fast, and with my last batch started using 22oz bottles.
My first batch was ready about a month ago and I haven't carbed any of it since between me and my roommates, it gets consumed fairly quickly. I think it tastes great after just a month in the carboy and cant imagine waiting longer than that before bottling
I have a couple questions.
1. How important is it to use 100% juices with no additives?
2. How much sugar/honey is safe to add?
I have lurked here for a very long time and thank you for the information you have provided me.
And because I'm sure you care, heres some pictures of my Apfelwein setup. I keep one on the counter untill the smell settles down a bit and then I move it to the bedroom to sit for about 2 weeks