Hard Cider Tip #31: Estimating Cider %ABV

What’s the best way to estimate the %ABV of cider?

The Common (Old) Formula for Estimating %ABV %ABV = (OG - FG) x 131.2 You have seen the above formula in numerous online posts and books. I even include it in my book. But, is it the best formula for estimating the percentage of Alcohol by Volume (%ABV) in hard cider? What does it even … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #31: Estimating Cider %ABV

Hard Cider Tip #24: Non-Fermentable Sweeteners

Sweeteners

I’ve discussed in my post on how to make sweet hard cider the use of non-fermentable sweeteners like stevia and erythritol. I generally prefer drier hard cider, but I also enjoy balance. That means if a cider has a lot of acid, having a little residual sugar can help balance it. Tannins and their bitter … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #24: Non-Fermentable Sweeteners

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)

Tasting Hard Cider: Method or Madness

Tasting Hard Cider: Method or Madness

I’m going to make a bold statement, I think most people don’t really understand how to taste food and drinks. That goes double for hard cider. Sure, you eat something and it tastes good, but when was the last time you tried a food you’ve never eaten. Would you be willing to eat duck fat … Continue reading Tasting Hard Cider: Method or Madness

Modern Hard Cider

Modern Hard Cider Title

What is modern hard cider? I think that’s a loaded question. It’s like asking someone what is a traditional hard cider, which will depend on your tradition. If you had asked me 6 month ago, I would have told you that modern hard cider meant hard ciders boldly featuring adjuncts. This was because modern is … Continue reading Modern Hard Cider

Hard Cider Tip #6: Document Your Hard Cider

My adventure into making hard cider started with me reading everything I could find about apples and hard cider as well as by just making it. I like to experiment. Sometimes, I try something that I read isn’t supposed to work. I like to see if I can figure out how to make it work. … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #6: Document Your Hard Cider

Hard Cider Tip #3: Making Hard Cider Sweet

Methods for Sweet Cider

I was reading a post from someone who was making a batch of hard cider. I’m not sure what hard cider recipe they were following, but they added sugar to the juice. The impression I got from the post and several comments was that people expected the sugar to make the hard cider sweet and … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #3: Making Hard Cider Sweet