But ... I have to DO something!
Part of the reason to do the batch of apfelwine is to get a good yeast cake for the SkeeterPee. I realize a beer guy coming in a wine forum stinking up the joint with questions about SkeeterPee is likely something akin to a guy hitting the Beer forums looking to make Corona, but we all start somewhere.
You are absolutely right - learn the way it was taught and then determine if modifications are necessary. Still I think anything (within reason) to keep my yeatie beasties happy is probably a good thing? I hope so anyway as I added some Fermaid-K at 1.5 tsp/5 gal. I failed to dissolve it first which almost resulted in a mess but a wire whisk is a godsend in a bucket going crazy.
The ferment is going ganbusters, the smell is nice and clean, I have high hopes for this!