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Learn How to Make Homemade Hard Cider

Are you looking to learn how to make homemade hard apple cider? Home Cider Making began as a way for me to learn how to make hard cider and document the journey. This site is what I have learned along the way and is always expanding as I continue to try new recipes and techniques while collaborating with other cider addicts. Everyone is welcome to learn and share as they join the craft cider making adventure!

The Home Cider Making website is based around the main cider making guide that outlines the basics of fermenting sweet cider to make hard cider. You will also find tools and resources to help you along the way such as an ABV calculator and a priming sugar calculator.

Once you have mastered the basics of cider making, you can try flavorful recipes such as berry hard cider or a strong honey based Apple Cyser.

Get started with a simple hard cider tutorial

Learn about the equipment required for making hard cider

Check out the collection of hard cider recipes

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Adjusting Hard Cider Acidity (TA) & pH with Malic Acid

Have you ever made a cider that tasted flat and watery that made you feel like you wasted a bunch of time waiting for your cider to mature? I know I have and I tried to correct it by adding sugar or apple juice concentrate but just wasn't able to nail the flavor I was...

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How to Make Peach Hard Cider

Apples and peaches taste great together in many drinks and desserts so it would only make sense to blend them for a hard cider! If you are looking for a way to use your extra peaches or just want to try a new hard cider recipe, try making hard peach cider! This recipe...

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Why Does My Cider Smell Like Sulfur?

Whether you are new to making cider or have many batches under your belt, you have probably popped off the airlock of a  fermenter, went in for a sniff and were greeted with a nose full of sulfur. It's certainly disappointing. When yeast becomes stressed or is exposed...

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Non Fermentable Sugars and Sweeteners for Hard Cider

Non fermentable sugars and sweeteners are the solution to a big challenge for the home cider maker. The problem is how to make a sweet cider that naturally carbonates in the bottle without overpressurizing the bottles. If you follow r/cider, you have probably seen the...

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How to Stop Cider Fermentation for Sweet Hard Cider

A common question I get from new cider maker's about making sweet or semi-sweet cider is “how do I stop fermentation of my cider?” This question is generally asked for two reasons. The first is to stop active fermentation early to keep a cider sweet before it ferments...

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Aging Hard Cider with Oak Chips, Cubes or Spirals

During my last trip overseas, I came across Henry Weston Vintage Oak Aged Cider while I was browsing ciders in Tallinn, Estonia. The Weston Cider was great, even at 8%+ ABV, the cider was smooth and the tannic properties along with hints of vanilla that the oak added...

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