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Old 12-20-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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Should I brew this, after being on this forum for a few months now, I see this everywhere? Is it a must for the homebrewer?

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Old 12-20-2007, 08:41 PM   #2
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:42 PM   #3
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Well, 2464 replies and 173,470 views to the Apfelwein thread say you should at least give it a shot

But seriously though, I love it. Some people find that it's not their thing ... but if you like a dry, crisp, refreshing beverage, then go for it!

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Old 12-20-2007, 08:48 PM   #4
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go buy a six pack of hard cider and see if you like it first

I made 5 gallons only to discover that I've got a lifetime supply of beautiful sparkly Apfelwein that tastes like ass and will likely never drink

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Old 12-20-2007, 09:02 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mutilated1
go buy a six pack of hard cider and see if you like it first

I made 5 gallons only to discover that I've got a lifetime supply of beautiful sparkly Apfelwein that tastes like ass and will likely never drink
Good advice. While I like it, it was not popular among my friends and family. Took me a LONG time to kill 5 gallons.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:11 PM   #6
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dont' get too excited about it when you throw it in the carboy. mine has been fermenting strong for 4 weeks with no sign of slowing down. + apparently it takes some bottle time to mellow. 2 month project.

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Old 12-20-2007, 09:27 PM   #7
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Mine took over 6 weeks to clear, and I didn't bother bottling it off the primary until it had been in there over 8 weeks. Don't plan on doing this unless you have a spare 5 gal carboy sitting around that you can afford to have full for at least 4-6 weeks.

Aside from that, yes, you should do this. I like it alot. I bottled mine still, in 12oz bottles. It's a nice refresher served over ice for me, and the wife loves it on the rocks with a splash of lemon-lime soda. I'm waiting to do another batch until we're about halfway done with this one, but I don't think that'll be too long.

Apfelwein ain't cider, and don't plan on having a drink that's sweet. It's a wine, and it's dry like a white wine, which I love.

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Old 12-20-2007, 09:58 PM   #8
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I bought a couple 1 gallon jugs with airlock caps. That way I could do a small batch as a trial. I spent about $15 for everything (jug, cap, yeast, juice, dextrose). But I imagine that you could just do it in an empty carboy that you aren't using. I didn't have an available one. I took advantage of having two jugs, and made two slightly different recipes.

I plan on using the gear for other experiments.
1 #1: RIS
1 #2: -
2 #1: Flanders Red (2009)
2 #2: Lambic (2009)
2 #3: Flanders Red (2010)
2 #4: Lambic (2010)
2 #5: Old Ale

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Old 12-20-2007, 11:06 PM   #9
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Mine has been a 4 weeks and a few days and I took a hydrometer sample last night, its nice and clear and was 996 and tasting pretty good. I chilled the sample and downed it right before bed, you can tell its got some kick to it. Nice warm feeling and tasted good. I am going to give it a week or two yet and add a pound of lactose for the SWMBO and keg and carb it.

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Old 12-21-2007, 12:26 AM   #10
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Come on guys another apflewien thread? Though let me say this stuff is great. Remember its WINE not apple juice. I think a lot of folks think its going to be sweet. And it really changes. Every week it gets milder.
Primary : Aqpflpevzrwein (scrabble edition)
Primary : pumpkin beer
Primary : Prickly Pear wine
Primary : Fruit Cider
Secondary :empty

Bottled: Wheat
On Deck: Mead

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