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Old 04-02-2008, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default my apfelwine tastes like the rubber stopper on the carboy

Its just an aftertaste - but its definitely there. It is really bothering me. Is there anyway to fix this? its been in the carboy for 7 weeks and it will really tick me off if that flavor is just stuck in there.

Think it will go away if I keg it and carb it?


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Old 04-02-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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In my experience this stuff really benefits from a month or so of bottle/keg conditioning.

I thought it was $hitty at first, but after some conditioning it was pretty good.


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add some non fermentable sugars to it so it will take away from the tanic after taste which is associated with a 'rubbery' mouth taste.
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add some non fermentable sugars to it so it will take away from the tanic after taste which is associated with a 'rubbery' mouth taste.

I'll give this a shot. What would you suggest?
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Well, I"m of the opposite opinion. I don't have a sweet tooth at all, and I dislike sweetened ciders and wines and even hard lemonade!

The rubber stopper taste and smell is not related to tannins- I actually add tannin to my apple wines to provide "bite" to them. I would think there were be no (Or at least very little tannic taste with apfelwein).

That taste/smell will fade, and you won't even notice it after a while.

That said, if you want to sweeten it because it's too dry, you can sweeten a sample to taste. And then add a proportional amount to the rest of the batch. Keep in mind that a month after bottling, it'll taste even sweeter. So, sweeten it just a tad to under where it's "just right".
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Yeah - I would like to keep it dry. I'm just nervous it took on the taste of stopper and that it won't fade at all.

How much longer should I wait? Its been 7 weeks.
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did you by chance sanitize with bleach?
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did you by chance sanitize with bleach?
Lord tell me you didn't use a black rubber stopper from the hardware store. This mistake should be in a sticky somewhere.

And my favorite method of sweetening....mix with Ginger Ale.
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did you by chance sanitize with bleach?

yeah - just normal bleach. the apfelwine is the first thing I have put in this carboy - so I didn't make a very strong solution. I also made sure to rinse it really well.


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