If you would have asked me three years ago about hard cider making I might have scoffed and rolled my eyes. I’m a “beer guy.” Two years ago a friend talked me into making a few 6 gallon batches of hard cider using apples from the family farm. It was excellent!
When brewing beer, cider, or wine you are going to need to use a hydrometer. The hydrometer measures the amount of sugar that is dissolved in water. This sugar is what the yeast turns into alcohol during fermentation.
Apple harvest season is fast approaching. It’s a favorite time of year for myself not only for the numerous varieties of apples available at the grocery store but also the abundance of fresh pressed cider.
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Easy Guide to Making Hard Cider
Sparkling, still, sweet, dry, strong, or mild – make it how you like it! Hard cider (or “cider” to the rest of the world) and perry, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears, are classic beverages that have been around in some form or another since the middle ages. Hard cider is a classic way to express a range of flavor concepts, from wild and rustic to delicate and refined. It can be simple or complex, young or aged, bright and tannic or sweet and intense. The range of possibilities largely come from the juice of the apple itself, but can be manipulated with a little know-how and a sense of adventure. Find your path with our selection of equipment and ingredients. Please refer to our “How to Make Hard Cider” video or our “A Basic Overview of Making Hard Cider from Juice” document for basic and advanced cider making techniques.