The Everything Hard Cider Book: All you need to know about making hard cider at home

The Everything Hard Cider Book: All you need to know about making hard cider at home

by Drew Beechum


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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 everywhere—it'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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440566189
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 09/18/2013
Series: Everything Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 528,645
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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,, and He lives in Pasadena, CA.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

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

Index 298

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The Everything Hard Cider Book: All you need to know about making hard cider at home 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent guide for the DIY cider maker. I assure you the person who posted below me has no idea what hes talking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.