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Hard Cider Preferences
« on: Aug 08, 09, 04:39:24 am CDT »

Preference is StrongBow. 

Hornby is a bit sweet for me.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #1 on: Aug 08, 09, 07:47:38 am CDT »

Woodchuck Amber is good if you like slightly drier cider.

 I really enjoy homemade though: every fall I like to get a few gallons of fresh pressed cider and  throw some brewers yeast in and let it sit till New Year's. It's a good time :)
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #2 on: Aug 08, 09, 08:30:02 am CDT »

Good call on the WC Amber.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #3 on: Aug 08, 09, 10:58:06 am CDT »

Woodchuck Amber is definitely worth a try. I also like their Granny Smith. The Pear is ok but not my favorite.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #4 on: Aug 08, 09, 10:08:51 pm CDT »

Home made.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #5 on: Aug 09, 09, 07:32:51 am CDT »

OK, so spill....


How do you do the home made hard cider?  Is it a brew process like beer or do you just get some apple juice, toss in the yeast and go to town?
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #6 on: Aug 09, 09, 09:38:07 am CDT »

Just add sugar and yeast :)

Wait a few months and enjoy :)
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #7 on: Aug 09, 09, 09:39:09 am CDT »

« Last Edit: Aug 09, 09, 09:41:03 am CDT by The Rogue Hidesmith »
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #8 on: Aug 09, 09, 09:04:05 pm CDT »

you can makle hard cider by just adding honey as well, i will be making a black bing cherry cider soon
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #9 on: Aug 17, 09, 08:55:54 am CDT »

The linky thingy didn't work for me. Not sure if the site is down or the corporate firewall is interferring. Any other sites or just post the recipie here.   THXIA
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #10 on: Aug 17, 09, 08:59:00 am CDT »

Here's the article from the link:

Hard Apple Cider Recipe
By Ben on 10/16/2007 08:38:00 AM Wine Recipes

It's not beer and it's not wine, but making hard apple cider is always fun. You can do it the old fashioned way by pressing the apples or you can purchase the apple cider. If you purchase the cider, just make sure that there are no preservatives in it. Personally, I buy the apple cider from a local fruit market.

The recipe I found is from Sallys-Place.com and will make a 5 gallon batch. There is also an interesting history of hard cider on that site that is worth reading.

Enjoy the recipe and the reading.


Cidermaking is easy and fun. Here is a basic recipe for a Farmhouse Style cider (ingredients for five gallons):

    5 gallons of fresh pressed sweet apple juice (known today as apple cider)
    5 cups of sugar
    1 package of Wyeast liquid lager brewers yeast (available at homebrew supply stores)

Transfer the juice and sugar using a sanitized funnel or food grade plastic hose into a sanitized glass or stainless-steel container at room temperature. Allow the sugar to dissolve and then pitch the lager yeast and affix a fermentation lock atop the carboy It will soon begin to bubble away releasing carbon dioxide as the yeast converts the sugars into alcohol. Allow the cider to ferment and mellow for at least two months before transferring it with your sanitized food grade hose into bottles, a keg, or any vessel you prefer. Then enjoy. Any homebrew supply shop can get you started with the proper advice and equipment.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #11 on: Aug 17, 09, 10:01:57 am CDT »

Hells Bells!  Even I can do that!

Coincidentally, there's a brew supply shop just down the road from me.  I feel a new hobby coming on!   :laugh:
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #12 on: Aug 17, 09, 10:40:35 am CDT »

Keep in mind that you need to carefully test your yield - it may be sweet, it may be horrible, it may be poison.  You really need to tread with some care when making your own rot gut.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #13 on: Aug 17, 09, 12:13:24 pm CDT »

...it may be poison.  ...

OK, you're scaring me now.  I guess the normal sipping testing method might not be a good idea?
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #14 on: Aug 17, 09, 12:18:40 pm CDT »

As long as the container it's brewing in is sanitized beforehand and remains sealed, it's probably going to be not poison.  ;)
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #15 on: Aug 17, 09, 12:22:42 pm CDT »

... and remains sealed, it's probably going to be not poison.  ;)

Probably is such a powerful word ....  :)


BTW: do the containers ever burst from the CO2 pressures ??
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #16 on: Aug 17, 09, 12:34:32 pm CDT »

Not if you use a decent bubbler it won't.
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #17 on: Aug 17, 09, 01:09:11 pm CDT »

And also make sure the bubbler is sanitized too!
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #18 on: Aug 17, 09, 01:10:53 pm CDT »

That's why I soaked mine in cheap vodka and filled it with the same. 
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Re: Hard Cider Preferences
« Reply #19 on: Aug 22, 09, 10:04:36 pm CDT »

I'm a fan of the Woodchuck Amber as well, and Woodpecker hard cider as well (they used to carry it at Michigan many many years ago). But the cider I wish I could find is one that I had once about 7 years ago at an Irish place in Ann Arbor, MI, called Conor O'Neils(sp?) that was imported from Ireland and didn't have a beer-like aftertase ... just tasted like apple cider with a kick to it.
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