Home Brewing Hard-Apple-Cider

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Hard-Apple-Cider is a great place to start experimenting with Home-Brewing.

Home-Brewing  Beer & Hard-Cider is Legal in all 50 United States

This Website will give you all the ‘Details’ you need about brewing Hard-Cider.
http://www.howtomakehardcider.com/index.html

You Can Find All the Details you Need at 'THE HOMEBREW HELPER' Website

You Can Find All the Details you Need at ‘THE HOMEBREW HELPER’ Website

While ‘THE HOMEBREW HELPER’ site has lots of helpful home brewing details, I am going to discuss how easy it is to make a simple batch of Hard-Cider.

Apple Juice is turned into the alcoholic beverage Hard-Cider by adding yeast to the juice which converts sugars in the juice into CO2 & alcohol.

Yup… it’s that simple… Juice (Sugars) + Yeast = Happy Juice

I Have Never Used Whole Apples to Make Hard-Cider ... Only Apple Juice

I Have Never Used Whole Apples to Make Hard-Cider … Only Apple Juice

If you have a natural source for apples – Wonderful… but for the rest of us it is much easier to go to a store like Whole Foods and buy natural Apple Juice.  Try to stay away from regular Frozen Concentrate Apple Juice because many have items added to them that might make it difficult for the brewing yeast to thrive.

You Can Find Many Different Types of Natural Apple Juice in Stores

You Can Find Many Different Types of Natural Apple Juice in Stores

I don’t have a preference for a specific type of Apple Juice or Cider, but I do check the labels to make sure it is pasteurized, and that there is NOT any Potassium Sorbate or Sodium Benzoate in the juice.

Ascorbic acid ( Vit-C ) is fine as a listed additive, and will not effect the yeast.

DAWN Anti-Bacterial

Keep Brewing Equipment Clean & Wash it with Antibacterial Soap Before and After

One item that can ruin your batch of Hard-Cider is not using clean and sterilize equipment; therefore, washing your hands & equipment with Antibacterial dish soap will go a long ways towards creating a successful home brew.

Cleanser

Also be sure to use a No Rinse Cleaner like ‘One Step’ right before you pour anything into the brewing containers.  You can find it online or at a local Home Brewing Store … ( Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply )

A 3 Piece Air Lock Carbon-Dioxide bubbler

A 3 Piece Air Lock ‘Bubbler’ to release Carbon-Dioxide Pressure

One of the items you will be cleaning with the ‘No Rinse Cleaner‘ is an Airlock ‘bubbler’ to release the pressure build up of Carbon-Dioxide created inside the container as the yeast converts the sugars in the juice into CO2 and Alcohol.

One Gallon Jug with a Special Screw on Cap to Hold the Air-Lock Bubbler

One Gallon Jug with a Special Screw on Cap to Hold the Air-Lock Bubbler

Homebrewers use drilled out rubber stoppers, or special screw-on caps, to connect the bubbler to their fermenting containers.   I like to put 80 proof Vodka in the Air-Lock instead of water to help keep contamination from getting into the container.   ( Screw-On Cap for 1 Gallon Jug )

LALVIN EC-1118  'Champagne' Brewing Yeast

LALVIN EC-1118 ‘Champagne’ Brewing Yeast

It addition to buying ‘No Rinse Cleanser’, you will need to buy some yeast from a Home Brewing Supply.   I use LALVIN EC-1118 … or what some people like to call a ‘Champagne Yeast’ … because it allows for higher alcohol content.

Special Yeasts like WYEAST-4766-Cider are Available for Hard-Cider Brewing

Special Yeasts like WYEAST-4766-Cider are Available for Hard-Cider Brewing

Mix Apple Juice with the Yeast and wait 1 to 2 weeks and you have Hard-Cider.

Using a Water Carboy as a Fermenter for the Apple Juice & Yeast Mixture

Using a Water Carboy as a Fermenter for the Apple Juice & Yeast Mixture

There are lots of online home brewing sites to help you create your first batch.

Enjoying a Mug of Home-Brewed Hard-Apple-Cider

Enjoying a Mug of Home-Brewed Hard-Apple-Cider

— CHEERS…

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3 responses to “Home Brewing Hard-Apple-Cider

  1. Pingback: The joy of making stuff. (Especially when you can drink it afterwards.) | Well, This Is What I Think

  2. Thanks for the write up! This is a fantastic post. I hope it turned out well 🙂
    – Jessica of Howtomakehardcider.com

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