Episode 35: Hard Cider

Apple and its cider are very fall.  In this episode learn how to make cider without a press and how to ferment that cider into booze.

  • Lenord

    Great job, new ideas for no money, I think I will make my drinks from now on

  • http://www.kevinkossowan.com/ Kevin

    I like the accessibility of your juicing method. My setup is also rudimentary but puts out about 5 gallons/hr.
    http://www.kevinkossowan.com/?p=2395

    I made 10 carboys this fall, crushed over a ton of apples, and some of the fruitier varieties were fantastic to drink immediately after their alcoholic fermentation. Quality really depends on the fruit, then ferment temp, then yeast strain, I'd say. The rounder, more apply wines are destined for a dance with some American white oak from….Minnesota. I think you need to check out the Barrel Mill. Jealous that it's near you!!

  • Daniel Klein

    Kevin, sounds like you know a lot more about it than I do. My method is very much "lets see what happens" – although so far so good. I'd love to taste some of your cider when its done. Keep up the good work by the way, Love the stuff you are doing on the site. Thanks

  • Sara

    Have you ever tried making your own beer? It’s actually a lot easier than most would think, and it’s delicious too! I’m not sure about Minnesota, but I’ve seen hops growing wild around northern Michigan.

  • Daniel Klein

    Hey Sara. I have made my own beer. and actually in episode 8 there is a little piece on Brau Brothers Beer, they grow their own hops. Anyways, I've thought about doing it as a winter episode, not sure though. What kind of beer have you made? You from Northern Michigan?