My first Cider

I bought 5L of locally produced apple juice for just EUR 6.50 and, following on from my recent wine adventure, have a newly freed up 1 gallon fermenter. So the only sensible thing to do is to make some cider!

The process for this really couldn’t be simpler. First I’ll be adding about 4.5L of apple juice into my cleaned and sterilised fermenter. I am using StarSan to sterilise but there are other options out there.

Then I take a gravity reading using the leftover apple juice and my trusty hydrometer. Looks like the starting gravity is pretty much spot on 1.050, so assuming that it ferments down to a final gravity of 0.996 (as predicted by Beersmith) I’ll be looking at a cider with an ABV of 7.1%. Not too shabby for EUR6.50 of apple juice.

Once I have that I add a little bit of yeast nutrient to the apple juice in the fermenter. I am using Vinoferm Nutrivit.

Finally I add the yeast. In this case, half a pack of Mangrove Jack’s M02 Cider Yeast. And that’s it! I then stick in the sterilised bung and airlock into the top of the fermenter and leave it in my basement until the yeast has done it’s thing. I’ll post again in a couple of weeks or so with an update.

Want to see more like this? Why not check out my first attempt at making wine? I plan to bottle the wine tomorrow and then post an update soon. Or if you want a beer to brew and need a bit of inspiration, why not check out my recipes page? If you have any thoughts, questions, or comments, post them below!

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