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Crooked Apple® Hard Cider Starter Kit


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The most complete cidermaking starter kit ever, Crooked Apple® gives you everything you need to craft dangerously drinkable hard cider. Our orchard-fresh, 100% apple juice recipe kit plus every piece of equipment you need to perfect your poison.

Go hard core with a drink that’s as bad-ass and revolutionary as you are. Popularized by the true patriots who built our nation. Prized by those who still live free, fierce and true. Taste the true branch-to-bottle experience of historic, hand-crafted hard cider in every sip. Go on...seize your cider.

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The most complete cidermaking starter kit ever, Crooked Apple® gives you everything you need to craft dangerously drinkable hard cider. Our orchard-fresh, 100% apple juice recipe kit plus every piece of equipment you need to perfect your poison.

Go hard core with a drink that’s as bad-ass and revolutionary as you are. Popularized by the true patriots who built our nation. Prized by those who still live free, fierce and true. Taste the true branch-to-bottle experience of historic, hand-crafted hard cider in every sip. Go on...seize your cider.

The first of its kind, our Grimhilde recipe kit is pure to the core. No added sugar. No additives or preservatives. Just pure, crisp, liquid apples and a 6% ABV.

Brew cider with brilliant clarity and customizable taste. Pristine glass fermentors last a lifetime and will never taint your cider with off-flavors, colors or aromas. Craft lip-smacking cider, batch after batch. Make it to-die-for with the first starter kit to feature a secondary fermentor. Clarify your cider in secondary, sweeten to perfection and age for mature flavor. Good enough to make Johnny Appleseed jealous, Crooked Apple® isn’t just hand-picked—it’s polished.

Kit Includes:
  • Grimhilde One Gallon Cider Recipe Kit 
  • Complete Instructions 
  • Little Big Mouth Bubbler® Primary Fermentor, Bung & Airlock 
  • One Gallon Secondary Fermentor, Cap & Airlock 
  • FermagraF° Adhesive Temperature Strips (x2) 
  • 18" Plastic Paddle
  • Mini Auto-Siphon & Tubing 
  • Bottle Filler, Capper & Caps 
  • Food-Grade Cleaner & Sanitizer
Note: This kit is gluten free! Specific value is <4 ppm
Additional Information
Support Documents:Crooked Apple® Hard Cider Starter Kit Complete Instructions
Wine StyleNo
Includes grape skin pack?No
Geographical Style/OriginNo
Primary GrapeNo
Wine Kit YieldNo
Labels IncludedNo
3.8 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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A Good Intro to Cider Making
I bought this kit as a way of getting started making cider, as my wife and I have a couple of apple trees and wanted to do something with the fruit. It's a great beginners guide to making cider, and has all the basic equipment you need, though the juice is concentrate. Our cider is currently undergoing secondary fermentation, so we haven't had a chance to try it yet. Based on other comments I've read, I won't be using the artificial sweetener since it apparently tastes very artificial. We'll go dry this time. This kit will get you much more interested in making cider, so watch out because you'll want to buy the bigger fermentation bottles, a grinder, press, etc., that will cost mucho dinero.
January 5, 2016
Kit is great. Beware of Sweetener
The kit is GREAT and comes with everything you need. I even use the big mouth bubbler for primary fermentation on 1 gallon batches of beer. However, beware of the sweetening packet. I only used half of the packet to achieve a semi-sweet cider but the entire batch was ruined because the sweetener taste very artificial. If I were to make this kit again, I would omit the sweetener altogether.
October 13, 2015
Great kit don't use the sweetener
This kit was great. Very clear instructions and good equipment. Put the initial ingredients together as per the instructions, waited two weeks transferred to the secondary and added the next ingredients, waited two weeks to find crystal clear hard cider A+. My wife and I then tasted a little as we racked it back to the big mouth bubbler for bottling and decided it was to dry and could use a little sweetener, so I added half of the sweetener packet suggested by the directions, BIG mistake. I should have just put maybe three granules in and it probably would have been great cider but the half was way too much. Just tried one tonight that I bottled last week and it was icky fake sweet, so now the next nine bottles are just desert cider. I would make the kit again but maybe use some concentrate to sweeten instead.
October 18, 2015
Great Kit
My wife got this for me, as she's got a gluten allergy and can't enjoy all the beer I make, so this made sense. Super easy to use and very simple. Was a little surprised on the low yield, but I imagine that's because I am used to making 5 gallon batches. Only filled 10 bottles of cider, but I can't wait to try it.
February 4, 2017
Easy to do and good
The process on this kit is easy. I just bottled the other day but the sample I pulled to taste was great. I would only use a little of the sweeting pack or it could be too sweet. I use a little under a half.
March 20, 2016
The kit is very complete,
The kit is very complete, but how to use the airlock on the lid of the fermented was not self-evident. I could find no printed instructions explaining it. I was able to figure it out after playing with it for about 15 minutes.
February 17, 2016
Pretty terrible.
The kit came with instructions that were outdated. The instructions called for certain steps and ingredients to be used that weren't in the kit. It was straight forward enough to complete the process after getting over that initial yet frustrating hump. In the end, it was a huge disappointment. We used about half of the sweetening pack and this stuff is undrinkable. I mean, it's awful. I don't know how anyone could drink it. Should come with a giant warning.
August 28, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
Hi Sydney,

Sorry the kit didn&#x27;t work out! By your review I&#x27;m guessing you might not want to give it another try. But in case you do, or if you are interested in another ingredient kit, I think we could discount it by the amount of the Cider kit.

If you&#x27;d like to take advantage of that, just call in your next order and we&#x27;ll give you a hand!


November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Good kit
The kit comes with everything you need. I ended up buying the Pom-gernade and the fuzz peach as well. The package came in very well packed, this is my second cider kit and by far the best one. It is worth the money if you are still new to brewing. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and like I've stated, an excellent starting kit.
April 10, 2016
Good Starter Kit
Good starter kit. Can be used with other 1 gallon kits also.Only used half the sweetener packet provided. Took a sample to taste, tasted horrible. Hopefully it mellows out after a while.
March 8, 2016
It's a great start but has a few flaws
I bought this kit so my dad and I could try our hand at making some hard cider since we both have a love for the taste and flavours from other hard ciders on the market. Shipping was crazy fast, everything was 100% secure, and they even included a small book of other products! Upon putting everything together there were a lot of things that were confusing/misleading. Certain things on the instructions were called differently than on the parts list, two of the liquids that you put in the batch were referred to as something different nor were they even mentioned, (referring to Bentonite but instead it was a packet of Wine Yeast called Lalvin) the instructions show that you need a Liquigel packet but there was only two packets of a clear liquid one called Kieselsol and another called Chitosan. Just a bunch of confusion with different names and products especially after watching Northern Brewer's youtube video and seeing the Liquigel but not seeing it in my box...Coming from a new brewer just starting it was very confusing and a little frustrating but other than that everything was top notch quality! Can't wait to see how it all comes out!
August 20, 2017
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Hi, my kit came with two different yeast packages. One package is Lavlin 1118 and the other package is Safcider yeast. Which yeast package should I use?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry for any confusion. Either pack can be used but I would suggest using the Safcider as it is for use with cider.
Does it come with the actual bottles? i see in the video that it shows them, but its not noted on the list, I wanted to double check.
N A on Nov 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No bottles are included with the Crooked Apple Hard Cider Starter Kit.
How long of a process is this from start to drinking day? Just curious what our timeline would look like.
E M on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I ended up letting my cider sit for quite a while - something around 6 months in all and it ended up great. Also, not the topic - be extremely careful with how much of that sweetener you add. A full packet of that means, sickly, cloyingly sweet. I wanted mine to be sweeter, and I should have left it at 1/3 to 1/2 packet at most.
The recipe/instructions call for bentonite to added with the juice, but none was included with my kit. Ok to omit?
N I on Jul 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: None was included in my kit either. However I have able to get my cider to clear by adding the Chitosan and Kieselsol liquid packs that were provided. If that don't work for you, you may have add some time to secondary fermentation or re-rack (transfer the cider another carboy) one more time.
As we get closer to drinking day, we notice some particulates floating around. We think it is the final bits of the fizzy drops (a lot of the particulate is at the bottom and it is still 3 days left of the 14). Is this a possible sign of contamination? We used reclaimed bottles from a party and ran them through a hobart cleaning machine, is that enough?
M M on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sediment at the bottom of the bottle is normal. The best thing to do is to open one up and try it. If it looks, smells, or tastes foul, you may have contamination. The hobart should have done a good job cleaning the bottles, but I would still have recommended using a sanitizing solution before bottling.
Can I use wine conditioner ( Sucrose, Potassium Sorbate ) to sweeten the cider?
N C on Nov 12, 2015
Potassium sorbate is a preservative and not a sweetener. It is the sodium salt of sorbic acid.
Sucrose will ferment so do not use it in the final bottling process. Lactose (sugar in milk) will not ferment and can be used as a natural sweetener.
Is the sweetener included in the kit a natural sugar, or something artificial like aspartame or saccharine?
D A on Nov 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The sweetener is sucralose. It has to be an unfermentable fake sugar so the resulting cider tastes sweet. Normal sugar would be fermented and so not sweet. It can be left out when making the cider though. Cheers! James J.
Are all of the items in this kit dishwasher safe?
R I on Oct 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The glass fermentors and the stainless spoon are

however generally I would not recommend running a fermentor through the dishwasher as most dishwasher detergents leave a residue that's not visible by eye. Fortunately

this equipment is pretty easy to clean by hand.


Gabe from NB
Is the flavor similar to an Angry Orchard Crisp Apple?
A shopper on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. It is sweeter. You can make it dry tasting like an Angry Orchard by using champagne yeast. You may have to back sweeten with a non-fermentable sugar to get the flavor you want. I use wine conditioner to back sweeten. A little goes a long way. The fizzy drops made mine taste like candy and wouldn't carbonate the bottles. I now force carbonate in a keg before bottling.
When will this be back in stock?
F R on Nov 26, 2015

We expect this to be back in stock in early December.
The hardware all looks compatible, so ... would I be able to also use this equipment as an expansion to my existing 1 gal ale setup? Glass fermentors shouldn't present a problem going and forth, should it, i.e. no cross-flavors? My current 5 gal (extract) setup uses a standard plastic primary ... could that be used for larger cider batches, or is all glass preferred because of the (I assume) higher acidity involved.
Robert K on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can make cider and beer in the exact same fermentors and use the same equipment. If you have an alternative 1 gallon set up

it should work fine and there is no worry for cross contamination as long as everything is cleaned well!
what is the alcohol content by volume?
C O on Sep 21, 2015
Can I use this kit to make cider out of any juice or just Apple? what about pear, starfruit, strawberry?
C A on Sep 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The equipment will work no problem. The additives and yeast would need to be purchased separately. I would find a recipe online and edit it to 1 gallon.
Wondering if there is a way to make this cider very dry? I love a good dry cider and am interested in starting to brew my own
L E on Sep 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This cider will ferment to dryness

then you add an unfermentable sugar source to sweeten it up. At that point

just either add less or none of it

based on taste.
How many bottles will this make and how alcoholic is it? I can't find any specs
S C on Aug 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It makes about a gallon of cider. That is roughly 10 - 12 oz bottles.

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