How to Make Cider - Simple Guide
How to make cider the natural way
Approximately 20lbs of apples will make 1 gallon of cider. 2-4lbs of sugar per gallon (depending on how sweet you like the cider)
- A food grade fermenting bin with lid or a demijohn
- Fruit pulp and press (can be loaned from brewing shops to keep the cost down or alternatively small kitchen electrical appliances can work well)
- Campden tablets
- Wine / champagne yeast
- Air lock and grommet
- Bottles (plastic fizzy pop bottles are fine)
- Collect apples, discarding any rotten ones as these greatly affect the end result. Wash them thoroughly.
- Pulp the apples. This is done to prepare the apples for pressing - the next step. Basically pulping means crushing the apples and it may be that you develop your own method for doing this. Try using a large pestle and mortar or electric kitchen juicer.
- Press the apples. This process squeezes the juice out of the pulp and can be done using a fruit press or alternatively the pulp can be wrapped in cheesecloth, then the juice squeezed out.
- Put the juice into a container that is suitable to accommodate an air lock. (a popular choice is a demijohn - ideal for fermenting cider). Always ensure the container you use is sterilised, as should all equipment be.
- Add a cruched campden tablet. (One per gallon of juice). Experienced cider makers will probably not use campden tablets instead relying on natural yeast.
- Stir in a packet of wine or champagne yeast.
- Attach the air lock and leave to ferment. This process can take anything from 2 months.
- Siphon the cider into bottles (plastic pop bottles are ideal.)
This recipe was devised by "Deadlydes" and is the original turbo cider recipe.
- 4.5 litres of pure apple juice
- 1tsp yeast
- Place 3L of apple juice into a demijohn (assuming everything is sterile)
- Place 1tsp of yeast into the demijohn
- Leave for 36-48 hours to ferment then top with the remainder of the juice (can't fill it right up at the start as it will foam quite a bit).
- Leave to ferment out.
- Rack off and drink (or if you like cider fizzy then prime as usual)
Quick tips for making your own cider
- If using one type of dessert apples to make cider always add a few crab apples to prevent the cider from tasting too sweet.
- Avoid using any rotten apples.
- Before purchasing equipment such as an apple press check whether your local brew shop hire out the equipment.
- If making cider from apple juice always use pasteurised juice as others could contain harmful bacteria.
- Look online when purchasing a demijohn. Plastic ones are fine and cost under £3.
- Be adventurous!! Devise your own unique cider by adding other ingredients such as honey, cinnamon or maple syrup.
There you have it, some great tips on how to make cider!
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