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Hard Apple Cider Recipe

We get many requests for Cider Recipes this time of year, so here is one you should try out:

Here is what you will need to make hard cider

Here is an equipment list for one gallon of hard cider (each item will be described in detail later in the site):

  • 1 gallon of apple cider (fresh pressed, or store bought–without preservatives!)
  • TWO GLASS 1 gallon jugs. (if you buy cider (juice) in plastic, you will need to move it into glass to ferment. If it came in a glass jug, this counts as one of your jugs, but you will need another too.)
  • A rubber stopper with a hole (number 6 for 1 gallon jug $.60 from
  • An airlock (a buck from Midwest Supply)
  • Brewing yeast (NOT bread yeast)
  • Star San for sterilizing (from your local brew store or from Midwest Supply or sterilizer —not bleach)
  • Camden tablets (only if you are using fresh, non-pasteurized cider and want to control your yeast – $3 for 100 from Midwest Supply)
  • 3 to 6 feet of 5/16-inch food-grade plastic tubing ($.45 a foot from Midwest Supply)

OPTIONAL equipment you might decide you need:

  • One-step oxidizer for cleaning
  • Large stainless bowls or stock pot
  • Frozen apple juice concentrate
  • Brown sugar
  • Xylitol (naturally makes your cider sweeter, without making bottles explode)
  • Pectic enzyme (will make the cider less cloudy)
  • Natural organic ‘apple flavoring’
  • Bottles if you are carbonating your cider (flip top like Grolsch style beer bottles, or cap style–obviously you would also need unused bottle caps and a capper if you go with beer bottles)
  • An auto siphon tool
  • A bottle wand hose extension


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