Easy to brew, easy to customize, and enormously delicious!
Looking for a crisp, clean, and scrumptious alternative to beer? On a gluten-free diet or allergic to the grains used in brewing beer? Want to experience the pride that comes when your friends crack open one of your bottles and exclaim, "You made this?"
Then welcome to the world of hard cider. Suddenly it's everywhereit's on the menu in pubs and restaurants, and there's a dizzying array of ciders available in stores. And some cider lovers, just like craft beer drinkers, are looking for ways to create their own brew.
The Everything Hard Cider Book takes you step by step into the fermentation and bottling process, with tips on finding the proper equipment, sourcing ingredients, varying flavors, and creating unique packaging. You'll also find advice on advanced techniques, like evaluating the finished product, varying recipes for your own taste, and even growing fruit for cider.
And with thirty-five essential and adaptable recipes for apple and other fruit ciders, you'll find everything you need to make your own distinctive and delicious beverages.
About the Author
Drew Beechum writes a monthly column for Beer Advocate magazine, and contributes articles on homebrewing and the culture surrounding it to several websites, including NorthernBrewer.com, BeerSmith.com, and MaltoseFalcons.com. He lives in Pasadena, CA.
Table of Contents
1 A Cider Primer 11
2 Your First Batch 20
3 The Core Ingredient 32
4 Additives, Chemicals, and Gear 45
5 Fermentation 58
6 Technical Matters 71
7 Troubleshooting and Adjusting 83
8 Packaging and Carbonating Your Cider 96
9 Tasting and Evaluating 117
10 Additional Fun Ingredients 130
11 Fruit and Vegetable Additions 148
12 Herb and Spice Additions 162
13 Cider from Scratch 174
14 Other Cider Traditions 191
15 Experimental Cider 200
16 Advanced Cider Techniques 215
17 Growing Your Own 231
18 Cider Cocktails 242
19 Cooking with Cider 253
20 What to Ferment Next 267
Appendix A Glossary 282
Appendix B Additional Resources 284
Appendix C Useful Processes, Tables, and Calculations 291
Appendix D Cider Tracking Sheet 296
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent guide for the DIY cider maker. I assure you the person who posted below me has no idea what hes talking about.
Do not follow the instructions in this book. Do not ever use bleach to sanitize your juice or equipment, ever! you will taste it and it dosn't taste good. There is some interesting information in this book but if you need to learn how to ferment juice in to cider please find another book.