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Old 12-23-2010, 03:36 AM   #1
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Hey folks,

I saw this fantastic recipe, and decided I had to give it a try. I do have a few questions though.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-...felwein-14860/

1. Regarding the "dextrose/corn sugar", is this a requirement? I was unable to find it anywhere, (grocery stores, whole food store, etc). I grabbed a 2 lbs bag of "pure cane sugar".

2. I decided to make a 1/2 batch first before committing to the 5 gallon batch (due to the cost of 100% pure apple juice is $7 per gallon here!) would it be fine to ferment 2.5 gallons in a 5.5 gallon carboy?

3. Whats the best way to store this after fermentation is complete? What do you folks think turns out the best. I kind of like the idea of carbing it into bottles, but since I have never tried this, I wanted to get a little insight.

Please forgive me if these questions have been asked/answered a thousand times. I'm not very technologically gifted. Cheers!

 
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:06 AM   #2
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1. This is not a requirement. The cane sugar will work. Corn sugar can be found at any LHBS or at one of the online brew stores. I used brown sugar in my first batch and it was delicious.

2. Yes, that would be fine. The CO2 production from the fermentation will purge the headspace of any oxygen.

3. I personally keg mine. Others may chime in with their preferred methods. Still or sparkling, it is a great drink.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:14 AM   #3
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on the use of dextrose, as ace said, it will work fine with plain old sucrose. It does ferment a bit cleaner using dextrose though so consider it for your next batch. brown sugar works too and gives a sweeter interesting flavor.

cant comment on #2

on #3, i tend to carb mine, but its not bad still. It also is very tasty when mixed with sprite =]
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:38 AM   #4
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Ace, and Mista,

Thanks a ton for the advice! I've never made cider, apfelwein, wine, etc before, so I was completely lost. I may replace the plain cane sugar for brown sugar after reading your guys opinions on it.

Perhaps I will bottle this run, and then keg the next. It's so simple to make, I just wish apple juice wasn't $7 a gallon.

 
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:45 AM   #5
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if you have an Aldi near you check that out. its preservative free with only ascorbic acid and runs maybe $1.20 per 2 quarts, at least by me.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:52 AM   #6
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if you have an Aldi near you check that out. its preservative free with only ascorbic acid and runs maybe $1.20 per 2 quarts, at least by me.
I'll take a look for an Aldi. I know we have one a couple hours away, but I haven't seen one locally. I'll check their website and see if they have a store finder. Thanks for the advice man.

 
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:08 AM   #7
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Try your local Walmart or Sam's Club as well. It is about a buck-fifty for half a gallon of juice, no preservatives, only ascorbic acid (vitamin C). I have heard that Costco's also have decent prices on AJ.
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Target also has good generic-brand apple juice prices. At least by me.
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Try your local Walmart or Sam's Club as well. It is about a buck-fifty for half a gallon of juice, no preservatives, only ascorbic acid (vitamin C). I have heard that Costco's also have decent prices on AJ.
That would be perfect. Sadly the only stuff I can find is "concentrated". I can't imagine that concentrated juice would ferment correctly. Am I wrong here? I'll look around there though and see if I can find anything with no preservatives. Thanks for the tip.


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Target also has good generic-brand apple juice prices. At least by me.
Cool bro, I'll take a look! We have a target about 10 minutes away from here.

 
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The brand I've used in the past (Indian Summer) has Apple Juice, Apple Juice from Concentrate, and Ascorbic Acid. The end result has been great.
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