How to Make Your Own Hard Cider
In recent decades hard cider has been a more popular drink in Great Britain than in the U.S., but you've probably noticed micro-brews of apple and pear cider popping up in your town. Why let the micro-breweries have all the fun? Make some hard cider yourself and adjust the recipes to create your own blends. Tricia brews hard cider in her home kitchen in our video and shows you how easy it is.
First, let's run through the brewing vocabulary. "Racking", for instance, isn't about grouping balls on a pool table -- not when we're talking hard cider.
- Airlock- Nope, not like in Star Trek. This is a much smaller airlock and it releases gases while keeping air from entering the fermenting jug.
- Yeast - Remember brewer's yeast from the 1960s health food stores? It's different from the yeast used in baking. Be sure you have brewing yeast. Pitching - This is not baseball. "Pitching" here is the verb for adding yeast to the cider.
- Auto siphon starter - Has nothing to do with cars and gasoline. This handy tool gets the siphon going from one jug to another, and in brewing you'll be siphoning repeatedly.
- Racking - Siphoning the cider from one jug to another, leaving the solids behind.