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

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...
Why Does My Cider Smell Like Sulfur?

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...
Non Fermentable Sugars and Sweeteners for Hard Cider

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...
How to Stop Cider Fermentation for Sweet Hard Cider

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...
Aging Hard Cider with Oak Chips, Cubes or Spirals

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...
Best Yeast for Hard Cider

Best Yeast for Hard Cider

Often people ask “what is the best cider yeast for making hard cider?” and that is tough to answer. It all comes down to style and preference because different varieties can change the process, taste and even visual appearance of hard cider. Commercial...

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