Making Hard Apple Cider: Introduction

Making Hard Apple Cider: Introduction

Posted by Tom Folster on Nov 2nd 2017

Welcome to “Making Hard Apple Cider: Introduction”, this is the first in a series of blog posts that will introduce you to the art of making hard apple cider. Originally this post began with a few short notes which was going to become a short and simple step by step guide. Fortunately for you, however, this quickly grew into a three-part blog post on the art of making hard apple cider.

As previously mentioned, I've broken this up this post and turned it into a three-part series. This one, “Making Hard Apple Cider: Introduction”, is meant to serve, simply, as the introduction to the following posts. So, if you’re in a hurry you can just click on the links below to the other posts to find what you are looking for. 

It comes at no surprise that the aforementioned “short” notes grew quickly into much more. After all, there are whole books entirely dedicated to making hard apple cider, and it was no easy task to find the most vital information and strip it down to its barest bones. 

The three-part blog post entries are organized as follows: 

The first post, titled "What You Need To Make Hard Apple Cider" gives a brief summary of the necessary ingredients and equipment. When shopping for these items, you will quickly find that you are presented with choices. The goal of this article is to present you with enough information to make an informed decision about which to choose


Then next article, titled "The Cider Making Process: A Step By Step Guide", is a step by step guide. The goal of this article is to give the beginner cider maker a checklist of things to do that will result in a good cider. 

The next article (post date TBD), titled "Calculating How Much Sugar To Add", gives calculations for predicting and, if necessary, adjusting the sugar content of your juice to get the level of alcohol desired.

I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I enjoyed writing them! And please feel free to leave comments.