I am buzzed to report that our first cider-making efforts have borne fruity booze. The five-way apple tree I planted nine years ago yielded enough fruit this year to fill a 5-gallon carboy with juice. Add yeast, secure airlock and stand back!
Hard cider may be the easiest alcoholic beverage there is to make. Unlike with beer, no boiling or cooling is involved. The internet is replete with conflicting advice on how best to ferment cider, and almost all of the available instructions seem to give fine results. Here’s what we did: Read the rest of this entry »