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Hard Cider Recipes

Hard cider usually refers to a fermented alcoholic beverage made using the juice of apples.

Hard Cider Recipe

  • 5 gallons sweet cider
  • 3 pounds brown sugar
  • 3 pounds honey
  • 2 packs champagne yeast

  • Hard Cider Brewing Process:
    Strain 3 gallons of cider into a 5-gallon carboy. Strain 1/2 gallon into pot and heat enough to allow sugar and honey to thoroughly dis- solve. Pour into carboy and finish filling to neck. Pitch yeast and seal with airlock. When fermentation stops, bottle. Prime with sugar to add carbonation. (Source: Issue #508)

    Cranberry Cider Recipe

  • 3 gallons Fresh Cider
  • 12 ounces Ocean Spray Cranberries (chopped in the blender)
  • 1 pack Red Star Epernay Yeast

  • Cranberry Cider Making Procedure:
    Toss all ingredients into a carbouy at room temperature. Put on an air- lock and go away. Rack after 2-3 weeks and go away again. After another 2-3 weeks bottle and go away for a few months! (Source: Jay Hersh)

    Holiday Cider Recipe

  • 5 gallons Apple Juice (Gravenstein/Jonathan blend)
  • 6 cups Maple Syrup
  • 7/3 tablespoon Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Whole nutmeg, grated
  • 10 4-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 3 lemons (juice and zest)
  • 2 inches ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1 pack Red Star Champagne Yeast

  • Hard Apple Cider Making Process:
    Simmer 3/4 gallon apple juice, spices and ginger (in spice bags), syrup, and lemon juice and zest for 45 mins. Add simmered mix to 4--1/4 gallon. Put cider in carboy. Pitch yeast and top off with more apple juice. Ferment for 34 days. Rack to secondary and top off with more apple juice. Prime with 3/4 cup corn sugar and bottle. Age for 30 days and consume. (Source: Nick Cuccia)

    Cider Recipe

  • 2 to 2-1/2 gallons fresh cider
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 pound M&F Light DME (unhopped)
  • 2 cups Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar Dash of Cinnamon
  • 7-14 grams Ale Yeast (Whitbread recomended)

  • Cider Making Process:
    Combine all ingredients except yeast. Boil for about 30 minutes, skim the top if you feel like it. After boiling take this off the stove, and add about 2 to 2-1/2 gallons of chilled fresh Cider. This should drop the temperature to below 90 degrees, if not chill it to below 90 degrees, then add an Ale Yeast, 7-14 grams of Whitbread or some other quality Ale Yeast as good. I let this ferment in the primary for 3-5 days, then rack to a secondary and let sit another 10-14 days before kegging. I artifically carbonated this one, but amounts of priming sugar typical for Ales would work well too. (Source: Jay Hersh)

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