Fall is in the air. The leaves are changing color and beginning to fall. The nights have become cool and crisp. Halloween is right around the corner. Now, why not get in a festive mood by brewing some of your own Hard Apple Cider. For those who have never done it before, hard cider is the easiest of all alcoholic drinks to make. It can be ready to drink in as little as 3-4 weeks and virtually takes no time at all to make. You don’t need to purchase many supplies either.
Our easy, Hard Cider, recipe (c’mon I couldn’t resist that oxymoron) below is so easy a
16 21 year old could make it. May I recommend paring this delicious beverage with some jumbo shrimp! Head over to your local farmer’s market and get some great local cider. Just be careful to only purchase cider that has NO PRESERVATIVES, otherwise the yeast will not ferment the sugar from the juice.
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- 1 Gallon of Apple Cider (No preservatives)
- 1 Gallon Glass Carboy w/ Fermentation Lock
- 1 Package Brewer's Yeast (I use Champagne Yeast for the Cider)
- Completely sanitize all equipment.
- Pour the cider into 1 gallon carboy (make sure the cider is at room temperature).
- Add the brewer's yeast to the cider.
- Fill airlock half way with water and attach bung with airlock to the carboy.
- Allow cider to ferment for about 2 weeks (ideal temperature is 65-75 degrees in a dark place).
- After two weeks, be sure fermentation has stopped (no more bubbles). A cooler temperature will cause for a longer fermentation.
- After fermentation is complete, I would recommend some light filtering. I pour mine through a funnel with a strainer using a paper towel as a filter. Be sure to pour carefully so as to not disturb the sediment on the bottom. A second carboy comes in handy for this step. Otherwise, you will need to put the hard cider into another container.
- Pour the cider back into the carboy if you only have one carboy. Otherwise, once the hard cider is in your carboy, put your screw top lid on and allow to age for 1-2 weeks. This step will help add some natural fizziness to the cider. Age in a dark place at cellar temperature. Do not refrigerate as that will stop the aging process.
- When ready to drink, put in refrigerator to chill and enjoy.
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