Cider House Select Apple Cider
A traditional hard sparkling cider that is packed full of flavor. This apple cider is crisp, light and refreshing, a perfect choice any time of the year. Its remarkably fresh apple nose and well-balanced mouthfeel are brought to life in a tart, golden-hued body.
A refreshing, spritzy alternative to beer--mouthwatering cider with a boozy twist is naturally gluten-free and lacks the bitterness of ale.
Striking a balance between scrumptiously sweet and tartly dry, hard cider carries an easy-drinking 5-7% alcohol content.
Served lightly carbonated, cider pairs exceptionally well with food. Fresh cheese, leafy greens, seafood morsels and anything slow-cooked, smoked or barbecued will perfectly complement the boozy apple nectar of fall.
Cider House Select Apple Cider is a crisp beverage enjoyed by beer and wine lovers alike.
Now Gluten Free!
This 6 gallon recipe kit is deliciously packed full of flavor, with juice made from apples ripe for the picking.
Note: All Cider House Select Kits require the addition of 2 pounds of corn sugar to reach their full alcohol potential
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Tastes great i add a cup of dark brown sugar with the dextrose and use all the flavoring packs. Also leave in fermenter a full 2 weeks. Makes a huge difference in taste and clarity!
I didn't add any additional sugar at the step where the option was presented. I like the dryness, but the apple flavor itself was lacking. It tasted more like a lightly apple-flavored sparkling wine. But it didn't taste bad per say. Very easy process as well.
It only takes roughly an hour to make and you can drink it in roughly a week or more. Quick and easy. I need to order another kit.
This was a simple process to make a good, but not great, hard apple cider. In reading the instructions, I used 1/2 packet of sugar as I don't like overly sweet ciders. The cider has a bitter aftertaste, thus the four star rating. I don't believe this is a result of too little sugar as I find the sweetness to be just right for my taste. I'm hoping it improves as it ages. The apple flavor is also a bit weak. My least favorite thing about this product is the packaging.
I’m not a cider expert, and this was my first attempt at making a batch, so used the convenience of a kit. Overall, the kit makes things very easy; however, there are a few things that could be improved upon, IMO. First, the package needs to make it clear that there are other ingredients hidden within the larger package. If you haven’t used this kit, the large package has a side section that holds sachets of sweetener and flavoring, as well as the yeast (and an instruction sheet, which can also be printed out from NB website - thanks NB!). Would be helpful to have the hidden pocket clearly indicated, and on which side to find it - better still to have it within a pocket that cannot be accidentally cut open when ready to start the batch.
Second, the recipe is for 6 gallons, but the final product was a bit weak on flavor (not sweetness) to my taste - amount of flavoring seems better suited for a 5 gallon size perhaps.
I won’t comment much on the sweetness, because that is adjustable to taste. I did a fairly dry batch, which came out fine (sweetness-wise), and there was plenty of sweetener available; enough to make it very sweet if you use it all - that’s just not what I was shooting for.
Third, and maybe most disturbing, was the sulfury smell of the finished product. As I said, this was my first attempt, so it was something unexpected, but after reading about it more, it appears to be linked to a lack of nitrogen during yeast growth/sugar metabolism. From on-line advice, this is overcome one of two ways: 1) with the addition of yeast nutrients as you start the batch - If only this had been part of the instructions…better yet, include a dose of nutrients in the kit, and make it part of the instructions; or 2) add a secondary conditioning step, where the yeast can do some "clean-up" of off-flavors/sulfur prior to bottling - but this wasn’t part of the instructions either. Maybe it was a beginner mistake at not realizing or reading up on the benefits of secondary fermentation of ciders. I'm hoping that bottle aging may improve the sulfur situation a bit, but I've read that once it's in the bottle, it's there to stay. We'll see.
Bottom line, through technique improvement, this one could have been better. Through product improvement, some of the mistakes I made could have been avoided. Admittedly, beer is my preferred HBB and I brewed this for the wife and daughter (but they weren't too thrilled with the result). May or may not try a cider kit again -