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Old 12-24-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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So...you know that axiom that beer making is a perfect hobby for lazy people? Well, I think I embody the very meaning of that concept.

In the early summer of 2010, I decided to make my first batch of Apfelwein. Being the lazy person I am, it actually sat in the fermenter for about six months. When I finally got around to attempting to bottle it, I only got to the point of transfering it out of the fermenter and into a 5 gal bucket to let it settle for a couple days.

More than a year later, it's still sitting in that 5 gallon bucket in the basement. It's been covered all this time to keep the dust and bugs out, but in no way can it be considered air tight. There are no floaters or other mysterious object in the Apfelwein so I am pretty sure the ABV was/is high enough to prevent any kind of contamination.

I think I will try a nice cold glass of it this evening....

 
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:20 PM   #2
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Personally I would bottle it, stove pasteurize, then try a little. The pasteurization would kill any baddies in it, and possibly denature any toxins.

 
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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I say just go for it and have your next of kin tell us how it goes in the case you're terminally incapacitated
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:46 AM   #4
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Well, I changed my mind. When I opened it up yesterday, it looks like a dirty fish tank. It has a very strong alcohol odor, but it is slightly "off" in the odor. It almost smells like a strong port wine and is a very dark amber-gold color.

 
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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Enabling necromancer mode.....

I haven't touched this apfelwein since I posted this thread!

For the last two years (3 1/2 years since starting a batch) the five gallon bucket of apfelwein has been sitting in my basement. It hasn't been air tight, but it has been dust tight. This afternoon I hauled it out of the basement and into the sunlight (I think I heard it groan and cover it's eyes a little).

I'm not sure if this is an interesting experiment or a scary experement
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:34 PM   #6
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Did you taste it?
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:38 PM   #7
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Did you taste it?
Not yet. I'm trying to figure out how to clarify it. There is a lot of yeast (mold?) floaters.

 
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:47 AM   #8
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How much vinegar do you smell? Tasting it isnt going to hurt you. With your record of progress you better get out there quick before it freezes solid and you have to wait till spring to taste it WVMJ
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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How much vinegar do you smell? Tasting it isnt going to hurt you. With your record of progress you better get out there quick before it freezes solid and you have to wait till spring to taste it WVMJ
Both the wife and me do not think it smells like vinegar at all. It does have a fairly strong odor which I would describe as similar to a port wine or a sherry. It is also a smell where it seems to stick in your nostrils for a few minutes after smelling it.

I am going to try to filter the mason jar worth this morning and then taste it.

 
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #10
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I see snow on the ground. cold crash it there for a couple days (if you haven't already) that always works for my beer.
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