year old apfelwein

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BreWirfel

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so...a year ago to date i started a batch of Edworts apfelwein. about 4 months later my son was born, and priorities changed. He is now 8 months old, and i still have the carboy of apfelwein in my basement. I kept the airlock full in hopes that someday ill get back to it.

It does not have anything growing on it...so im guessing it's worth a taste

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a year is just about right imho. i made two 5 gallon batches last year, they sat in the carboys for 6 months, then sat in kegs for another 6 months. both kegs are now in my keezer although only 1 of them is on tap, really really smooth and flavorful after sitting for so long. i'm the only one drinking it so it'll last me quite a while, when the first keg is empty i'll start another 5 gallon batch.
 

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It should be the best damn apfelwein you've ever had. My experience has been that folks won't even begin liking it til it's nearly a year old. I leave mine in the fermenter for 6 months, thend bottle and don't begin drinking them til they're 8 or 9 months old. But the bulk of them are drunk after they/re a year old. I make it in Jan. And give the bulk out as gifts the following x-mas.
 
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now i cant wait to try it...hopefully this weekend ill be able to get some bottles sanitized and get it bottled.
 

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I'm about to start a 28L apfelwein just because it gets drunk so damn fast. My mouth is watering for some that I've got in the fridge... I don't think the sign 'DO NOT DRINK UNTIL DECEMBER' will hold me for long.
 

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can you throw them in the bottles after a couple of weeks in the fermenter? Can they age like that? I don't like the idea of not being able to use my fermenter for a whole year.

Oh and how long would you say is a minimum wait to drinking apfelwein? i've never tried it before so i'm looking forward to making some after a couple more batches of beer.
 

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Yeah, I usually ferment for about a month depending on what I'm doing with it and then chuck it in bottles with some priming sugar, let it carb up and then either pasteurise them if I want it sweet, or let them sit for a while. I would say minimum you're looking at 2-3 months for it to be awesome, 5-6 months for amazing and around about a year for the nectar of the gods.

Although, mine don't usually make it past 2 months because I love it so much.
 

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My first batch was left in the carboy (5gal) for just over a year before bottling and I started drinking it 2-3 weeks after that and it was very very good.
I bought a few 18.L carboys for a really good price but cant use them for kits as they are 23L so i use these for longer term bulk aging of home made stuff like apfelwein which i can make is smaller batches
 

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I can't leave mine quite that long. The question is , do you leave it on the lees that long? Are you letting it go clear, taking it off the lees and then letting it sit? I only had a single 1gal batch come out not yeastie tasteing before I ran out of apples last year. I am hoping that I do better this year.

Rick
 

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I have some from last winter. Too tart and too dry for me. I have to back sweeten it with Spite or juice to make it taste better. With all this beer here why waste time with that junk?
 

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can you throw them in the bottles after a couple of weeks in the fermenter? Can they age like that? I don't like the idea of not being able to use my fermenter for a whole year.
Yes you can, but why not buy a cornie for long-term aging? They don't cost much and there's no danger of breakage.

OP - I kegged my last batch on Oct. 24th last year, so I'm thinking about trying a bit ...

soon.
 

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I know this thread is dying, but I would bottle it and make a label and call it "Freeman's Apfelwein" because back when you started it...well you were a free man lol congrats on the child, they are pretty awesome
 
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