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...
Using Yeast Nutrient & Energizer for Making a Better Cider

Using Yeast Nutrient & Energizer for Making a Better Cider

Yeast nutrient and energizer add nutrients to apple cider that can boost fermentation quality by improving yeast health which results in faster fermentation, lessens the chance off flavors and helps produce a better tasting hard cider. While apple juice does have a...
Best Hard Cider Making Kit

Best Hard Cider Making Kit

Kits for making hard cider that are available online generally include basic essentials such as a fermenter and airlock but beginners quickly outgrow these setups. For someone looking to make a decent size batch and have more control over their homemade cider, they...
How to Keg Hard Cider

How to Keg Hard Cider

Kegging and force carbonating hard cider has many benefits over traditional bottling and while it requires more equipment, kegging is totally worth it! Whether your cider has been bulk aged or is only a few weeks old, carbonating in the keg will allow for safe back...
Reuse S-04 Yeast for Fermenting Hard Cider

Reuse S-04 Yeast for Fermenting Hard Cider

Don’t wash that yeast down the drain just yet, there may be a lot of life left in those beauties! While commercial cultured yeasts are fairly cheap, why not get the most out of a pack and reuse the yeast? After racking a batch of cider into a secondary you will...

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