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...
Dry Hopped Cider Recipe 5 Gallon Batch

Dry Hopped Cider Recipe 5 Gallon Batch

The idea for a hopped cider recipe came to me after switching my tap from a pale ale to a fresh hard cider. When I switched the tap, I didn’t bother to flush the line and I ended up with a mix that was surprisingly delicious. So, I decided it was time to change...
How to Add Tannin to Homemade Cider

How to Add Tannin to Homemade Cider

What Are Tannins? Tannin, or phenolics, are a naturally occurring compound that is found in apples, grapes, and some other fruits. These tannins are responsible for adding body to ciders by producing an astringent sensation on the tongue. An easier way to describe it...
Back Sweetening Hard Cider for Bottling & Kegging

Back Sweetening Hard Cider for Bottling & Kegging

Why would you back sweeten hard cider? Unless you added a lot of additional sugar before fermentation, there is a good chance your cider will be dry after fermentation. This leaves the cider a bit tart and maybe seeming a little watery. Back sweetening or adding some...

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