Making Bitter Orange Hard Cider

Making Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange Hard Cider Label I love citrus adjunct hard ciders. This is because I like the bitters and aroma you can get from the peel. My favorites are pink grapefruit, guava, and orange. I think these tend to have a sweetness in the aroma that provides more balance to the bitter and acidic nature … Continue reading Making Bitter Orange Hard Cider

A Cider Trip: The New Normal

Cider Trip: New Normal

Earth Log: June 21, 2118 We emerged from our shelter today to a new world. A world filled with empty restaurants and most everyone walking around with masks. We did see some dinosaurs without face coverings but I’m pretty sure they are on their way to extinction in our area of the world. But in … Continue reading A Cider Trip: The New Normal

Hard Cider Tip #18: Fusel Alcohols

Fusel Alcohols: Good or Bad?

Have you even heard someone comment about fusel alcohols or higher alcohols and wonder what they were talking about? It’s not the fuel used to power rockets to the moon. That was actually liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen, and kerosene. When yeast convert sugar into alcohol, ethanol is what most of that alcohol is. However, it … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #18: Fusel Alcohols

My Favorite Adjunct Hard Ciders

Favorite Adjunct Ciders

Unlike Traditional hard ciders, Adjunct hard ciders have fruits, herbs, vegetables, spices, and other ingredients like honey or oak called adjuncts that change the look, taste, or smell of a hard cider. For me, an Adjunct hard cider should be about the adjunct and less about the apple or the pear. Personally, I also want … Continue reading My Favorite Adjunct Hard Ciders

Hard Cider Tip #17C: Develop Your Method (Part 3 of 3)

Defining Your Method: Part 3

This is the third part in my three part tip on developing your method for making hard cider. My focus is on the process versus the ingredients. I will highlight ingredients, but my goal is to help you understand the processes involved in making a hard cider that you enjoy. In Part 1, I highlighted … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #17C: Develop Your Method (Part 3 of 3)

Hard Cider Tip #17B: Develop Your Method (Part 2 of 3)

Defining Your Method: Part 2

This is the second part in my three part tip on developing your method for making hard cider. My focus is on the process versus the ingredients. I will highlight ingredients, but my goal is to help you understand the processes and equipment involved in making a hard cider that you enjoy. In Part 1, … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #17B: Develop Your Method (Part 2 of 3)

Hard Cider Tip #17A: Develop Your Method (Part 1 of 3)

Defining Your Method: Part 1

So you enjoy making hard cider or maybe you are thinking about trying to make your first batch. Either way and like most things in life, it’s good to have a plan for your hard cider endeavors. Do you want to find that one hard cider you love and make a special batch every year … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #17A: Develop Your Method (Part 1 of 3)

Making ‘En Chêne Hard Cider

‘En Chêne Hard Cider

I’ve been exploring the use of wood as an adjunct for hard cider. I’ve definitely been having a lot of fun with it. I need to not get carried away this season or I might end up aging every cider on wood. Hmmm... That might be a brilliant idea. Well, ‘En Chêne is a dry … Continue reading Making ‘En Chêne Hard Cider

Pasta and Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Pasta & Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Earth Log: June 7, 2103 Okay, it’s still not 2103 but it’s still feeling like every day is a year and I’m still anxiously waiting to pick apples this year. However, it looks like we will be heading back to the office this week. I will definitely miss my wife’s home cooked meals for breakfast, … Continue reading Pasta and Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Hard Cider Tip #16: Kegging Systems

Keg Systems: Hard cider Benefits

Are you just starting on your homemade hard cider journey? Maybe you have been making hard cider for a bit and are thinking about upgrading your kit. When I started making hard cider, I wondered what equipment I would need. I read a lot of books and most focused on using glass carboys or buckets … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #16: Kegging Systems