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How to Simply Make a Cider: Our (Very) Basic Guide to Homebrewing a Gluten Free Hard Apple Cider



At several recent craft beer themed events we have served homebrewed hard cider. It’s a drink that is easy to make and quite delicious. Many people have come up to us and asked,”Just how do I make a cider?” as they envision making some for their cider loving or gluten-free girlfriend/son/friend. Well, the honest truth is that a basic cider is much less complicated to make than beer or wine and requires far less equipment. All you need is regular apple juice/cider (preferably locally obtained), a vessel for fermentation like a glass carboy or a food safe bucket, an airlock, a bung, a little sanitizer and some nice healthy yeast. So, for all of those who have enjoyed our cider and asked us how to make one we present: Our (Very) Basic Guide to Homebrewing a Gluten Free Hard Cider. Here is a list of the items you will need followed by instructions. keep reading...

Written by A+K

April 30th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

J.K.’s Cuvée Winterruption Farmhouse Organic Hard Cider – Almar Orchards (2013)



BLC Says:
At it’s core (ouch!) Cider is a beverage made from apple juice and yeast. It is a beverage that is gaining in popularity with numerous varieties springing up in numerous styles and flavors. With the weather changing and becoming colder as the fall season stretches on, we wanted a richer fuller cider and J.K.’s Cuvée Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider was the one we chose.

This cider, with a mouthful of a name, comes from the great and chilly state of Michigan. Almar Orchards has a long and storied tradition of growing apples and producing cider. Currently the fourth and the fifth-generations of Koan’s own and operate the produce, grain and livestock which sprawls on for 500 acres featuring organic meadows and pastures. They suggest stopping by to enjoy a “slice” of Old-Tyme of American farm life. That sounds like some fun but tasting some farm-fresh cider makes it sound even better. keep reading...

Woodside Orchards Brings Hard Apple Cider to Aquebogue, Long Island



Woodside Orchards has been a Long Island apple staple since 1982, with orchards in both Jamesport and Aquebogue. They offer fresh baked pies, apple butter, donuts and U-pick, as well as ready to go bags of the over 20 varieties of apples they grow.


However, the Aquebogue location has recently added another apple based delight to entice people to their roadside farmhouse: hard cider. Though they have produced delicious apple cider for quite some time, this season marks the first that they have added an alcoholic twist. With the use of onsite fermenters, they produce all the cider within a few feet of where it is served. keep reading...

Written by A+K

October 23rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm

How to Make Hard Cider (Gluten Free)



As we mentioned in a couple previous posts, while at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in Philly last month, we attended a seminar on cider-making. Though we had never brewed a cider before, we do enjoy drinking them and figured this would be a good way to dip our toes in the apple juice, as the saying goes. We were quite encouraged by the relatively low initial equipment investment compared to home brewing (all we had to purchase was a 5 gallon fermenter, a couple airlocks and carboys) so we decided to give it a shot. The entire process took about 3-4 weeks and our cider is now sitting in several growlers, packed up and ready to be served at the North Fork Craft Beer, Wine & BBQ Festival tomorrow. We separated our 5 gallon batch into 5 carboys so we could  experiment and flavor them all a bit differently: stock apple, fresh cherries, fresh cherries + vanilla + spice, cider spices: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc and the wildcard, ras al hanout, which is a North African spice blend. Be sure to stop by the LIBME table tomorrow and give one (or all 5) a try and let us know what you think. Below is a bit of a picture tutorial on the process but if you have any questions please feel free to comment, E-mail, Tweet or just track us down and ask. keep reading...

Written by A+K

August 9th, 2013 at 3:42 am

Cider Reviews (2012)


Cider Week

Good day to you fair reader (a little of the King’s English that was). In honor of Cider Week we offer six reviews, of the former colonial drink of choice, for your enjoyment. With these you will be able to put together a nice selection of ciders this weekend. We are recommending four ciders to you and suggest that you avoid a fifth. If however you like living dangerously, palate wise at least, roll those dice on the fifth selection. Each cider here represents a different aspect of what this versatile beverage can offer a discerning imbiber or a casual fan. keep reading...

Written by A+K

October 20th, 2012 at 8:01 am