After looking through a couple threads about which yeast to use in making Edwort's Apfelwein, I decided on doing a little yeast experiment myself.
A couple weeks back the SWMBO and I went camping in Duluth, MN. While we were there we went to Fitgers to go on a brewery tour, pick up some growlers, and do the whole tourist thing. All said and done I ended up adding 4 sweet growlers to my collection. Now those 1/2 gal growlers are going to be what I perform this experiment in.
Yesterday, I went to my LHBS and picked up stoppers, airlocks, dextrose, and 4 different variates of dry yeast to test.
The four different yeast I will be testing are:
- Red Star Montrachet (Edwort's Favorite)
- Red Star Côte des Blancs
- Lalvin K1V-1116 Montpellier
- Lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne
- 2 gallons of 100% Apple Juice (Not from concentrate and NO preservatives EXCEPT Ascorbic acid)
- 1 lb. Dextrose (3.2oz per 1/2gal same ratio as Edwort's 2lb/5gal)
- Yeast from above
- Yeast Nutrient
- Growlers - 1/2gal (x4)
- Stoppers - 6.5 drilled (x4)
- Airlocks (x4)
- Cleaner (PBW)
- Sanitizer (starSan)
- First sanitize the growlers, airlocks, stoppers, and funnel
- Open one gallon bottle of apple juice and pour a quarter of it into each of the growlers using the funnel.
- Open one bag of Dextrose and carefully add 3.2oz. to each of the growlers. (If you use funnel to add dextrose, use a little juice to wash down any that sticks)
- Add Yeast nutrient as instructed from manufacture
- Shake Well. When you think your done, Shake it some more.
- Open the packet of desired Yeast and pour it into the neck of the funnel.
- Use the remaining juice to wash down any yeast that sticks. You may need to be patient to let the foam die down from all shaking and pouring.
- Top off growlers to the same level with the remaining juice
- Put your stopper on with an airlock and fill the airlock with vodka.
I will try and post pictures, and other media throughout the experiment.
I will try and post notes about fermentation (will be hard to see since growlers are dark amber in color)
I will post my tasting notes, along with any comments the SWMBO, friends, and family make. (They normally just say whether or not they like it and/or over state the obvious like "this tastes like beer" when they try my homebrew.)
After this experiment is complete, I want to do it again using my favorite 2 yeast from above and comparing them to Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen Yeast, and Wyeast 3056 Bavarian Wheat Yeast. I also think it would be interesting to do the same comparison using Wyeast and White Labs liquid yeast.