There are few experiences more satisfying than home brewing your own hard cider, here’s how you do it in 7 steps…
Here at Blake’s Hard Cider we specialize in home brewed hard apple cider. In fact, we grow our own fresh apples year round right in our own backyard so you know you’re getting the traditional flavors and aroma’s you enjoyed in your youth.
If you’ve been searching for a good and easy hard cider home-brew recipe, look no further, here’s how you do it in 7 quick steps.
But first, let’s address the pink elephant in the room:
Is Making Your Own Hard Cider Legal?
Unless you were born in the 1900’s, the prohibition days are long gone, buddy. Yes! You absolutely can make your own hard cider up to 100 gallons including wine and beer per year, but it comes with *one* catch:
You can’t sell it unless the thought of a billion FBI agents knocking on our front door appeals to you.
If you wish to make more than 100 gallons per year in your own home you will either need a liquor license or alcoholic intervention
Now that we’ve tackled the elephant in the room, let’s stir up some good ol’ fashion home brewed sweet hard apple cider in seven easy steps!
First, the ingredients and material:
1 – One Gallon Glass Jug
2 – One Airlock w/ Cap
3 – One Package of Pasteur Champagne Yeast
4 – One Rubber Stopper w/ Hole
5 – One Funnel
6 – One 2qt of Larger Saucepan Ingredients
7 – One Gallon of 100% Juice (any of your choice)
8 – One Teaspoon of Pasteur Champagne Yeast
9 – One to Five Cups White Sugar
Now that we’ve got our ingredients and material out of the way, it’s time to move on to…
Step One: Sanitize your jug, airlock with cap, and rubber stopper THOROUGHLY with hot water and soap. Repeat washing process up to three times to ensure all contaminants are removed then ensure all soap is thoroughly washed off.
Step Two: Gently pour a quart of juice into the saucepan while dissolving the 1 to 5 cups of sugar (depending on how sweet or how much alcohol content you desire).
Slowly heat the mixture until it’s lukewarm to the touch while stirring constantly to avoid burning. If it gets TOO hot you will kill the yeast. If you fancy you can add extra ingredients such as maple syrup or cinnamon to add your own unique flavorful touch.
Step Three: Pour the mixture into the glass jug using the funnel to avoid spillage until it gets roughly 3/4ths (75%) full. Add a teaspoon of yeast. Now here comes the fun part. Screw the cap on the jug and…
…shake the livin’ daylights out of it!
Now that you’ve relieved your stress (smiles) remove the cap and fill up the remainder of the glass jug with your juice. Careful not to overfill; stop pouring right before the neck because you need room for the rubber stopper.
Step Four: Add a bit of fresh distilled water to the airlock filling it up halfway and put on the red cap. Inset airlock into the rubber stopper. Push rubber stopper into the top of the jug.
Why is this necessary?
It keeps dust and other environmental contaminants from entering your masterpiece. More importantly, it allows carbon dioxide to escape without running the risk of creating a “juice explosion” because of unreleased pressure in the jar.
Unless you want your kitchen stained with hard apple cider year round, this is the most important step to heed.
Step Five: Take your jug filled with juice and store it in a area where the temperature will be AT MINIMUM 60 degrees because yeast needs to be warm to convert its sugar into alcohol.
Step Six: This is the step where patience is necessary to get the most out of your apple cider. Allow your gallon of cider to sit roughly four weeks untouched.
(FAST FORWARD 4 WEEKS LATER)
At this point the bubbles should have either stopped completely or ‘bubble’ once a minute maximum. If air bubbles are manifesting faster than one bubble a minute, the fermentation is yet to be completed and it’s best to wait until the juice has finished converting its sugar into alcohol a little while longer (a few days up to at most a full calendar week).
And now, the moment we’ve ALL been waiting for.
If the bubbles stopped or slowed down to one per minute…
Step Seven: Pour yourself a tall glass of homebrewed hard apple cider and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
You can pour off some cider into a glass jar with a lid to store in fridge for later enjoyment. Be sure to place the cap “loosely” on the glass jug and jar so the gas can still escape without causing an ‘explosion’ in your fridge.
Also, when pouring off your hard cider be careful not to pour off old yeast (the thick ‘stuff’ settled at the bottom or your jug). Don’t freak out if you get some of it in your cider. It’s full of proteins, vitamins and minerals.
At this point you can either break a sweat and wait patiently for weeks at a time for there to be any resemblance of hard cider for your efforts assuming you nail it the first go round (which most people usually don’t their first time due to common mistakes and trial and error), or you can purchase a bottle of Blake’s Hard Cider at your local Krogers or Meijers location today and save yourself time, money and trouble doing it yourself.
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If you’re in the area come on over and stop on by at 17985 Armada Center Rd. Armada, MI 48005 , give us a call at 586-784-9463 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or inquiries.
Until next time, my friend, have a glass on us.