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How to Make Hard Cider - All Natural and Low Cost Alcoholic Beverages

Hard cider is an incredible alcohol drink made from apples that are fermented until they become a hard, or alcoholic cider. Non alcoholic cider is also sold which involves killing the fermenting agent, the yeast, before it becomes alcoholic. Despite the relatively simplicity of making cider, there are a lot of different varieties like sweet and dry cider that are also possible options to make. It is important to start with the basics by asking the question how to make hard cider.

How To Make It?

To make any sort of alcohol you will need sugar and yeast. Yeast eats the sugar and the byproducts are carbon dioxide and alcohol. A fermenting vessel, either plastic or glass, with an airlock to prevent an bacterial infestation of the cider is necessary to make a safe batch of cider. Beer and wine is made in a similar way though with their respective ingredients and other process changes for different varieties of each. In many ways making hard cider is even easier. That is how to make hard cider.

You will also need apples if you are making it from scratch which you simply mash up and filter out the juice. Alternatively, for a short cut, you can use Apple juice or cider and simply add the yeast to it in your fermenter. Making cider is as easy as that.

If you want to make Cider more alcoholic then add more sugar, either a basic maltrose or dextrose sugar that is easily fermentable, or honey. Honey takes longer than simple sugars to ferment so be aware of the longer wait. In addition be watchful of your hard cider. When the fermentation has died down you will be ready to bottle it, but before you do so you can add some small amounts of sugar to make it carbonated. Not too much or you risk it being too carbonated and possibly exploding the bottles.

Dry and Sweet Hard Cider?

The two major types of Hard Cider are labeled sweet and dry. As noted above, yeast consumes sugar and the by products are carbon dioxide and alcohol. Dry cider is cider where the yeast fully consumed the sugar and the cider is no longer sweet. To make dry cider you simply have to leave the cider in long enough, typically fourteen days, but longner in cold weather, until the yeast eats all the sugar leaving a dry flavor. Sweet cider involves a proceeds of killing the yeast so that some residual sweetness remains in the cider. Usually home cider makers use something that is known as a shock tablet that quickly kills off yeast in the cider before all the sugar is consumed. You want to make sure that the cider turns Hard, or alcoholic, before you kill the yeast to make it sweet, which is commonly up to seven days. A tool known as a hydrometer can help to test the alcohol content and should be used with. Sweet cider.

Adding Flavors to Hard Cider

All different flavors can be added to Hard Cider to make it more varied I. Flavor. Raspberry or blueberry juice or fruit is just one example. Be creative and try different additives to make unique varieties or apple cider, and explore different apple varieties for truly interesting blends, though naturally sweet and sour varieties of apples like Granstein are great choices.

Hard cider is fun and easy to make and a unique treat for the fall and winter, make your own cider and enjoy.

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