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STEP ONE: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS & INGREDIENTS Unlike beer brewing, which can be complicated and requires a plethora of specific materials, creating hard apple cider is relatively straight forward - and depending on how fancy you want to get, very affordable.
 

STEP ONE: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS & INGREDIENTS

Unlike beer brewing, which can be complicated and requires a plethora of specific materials, creating hard apple cider is relatively straight forward - and depending on how fancy you want to get, very affordable. You'll need to make a quick stop to a local brewer's supply store and the market for: + 1 package of wine yeast (Montrechet is common and highly recommended, but we also experimented with MA33 Vintner’s Harvest) + Five plastic airlocks + Five #6 rubber stoppers with a hole for the airlock + Five gallons of fresh pressed apple cider, in one gallon glass jugs (Whole Foods 365 brand or Cadia Organic Apple Juice works best) + Brown sugar, assorted spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger + Measuring utensils and a clean funnel + Permanent marker

Note: most yeast is packaged for 5 gallon batches, so that's the yield for this recipe. You can make more or less, but you'll have to adjust the yeast accordingly.

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2 Comments

  1. Digem October 18, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Is there any reason I couldn’t just use a 5 gallon carboy for making this recipe ?
    I will be using fresh apples from my trees.

  2. Andrew Swistak November 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    apologies if its in the article and I missed it but make sure if you are buying cider from the store that it doesn’t include potassium sorbate. that is a yeast inhibitor and if your cider has it in it then the yeast can’t do its work.

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