Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
A basic recipe for making hard apple cider.
- Other items you'll need: Stock pot, stirring spoon, 1 gallon glass jug, rubber stopper with hole for airlock (available from your local home-brew shop), Airlock (also available from your local home-brew shop), enough bottles to hold one gallon of your cider (screw top bottles that have already held carbonated beverages are ideal.).
- Pour about half of the cider into the stock pot and heat to 80°.
- Stir in honey and continue to stir until honey is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat.
- Cool the cider to 75°.
- Funnel warm cider into 1 gallon glass jug.
- Add enough of remaining cider to fill jug (with 3 or 4 inches of space left at the top.).
- Add yeast.
- Place stopper and airlock on jug.
- Let the jug rest in a cool dark place for approximately a week.
- Fill screw top bottles with cider, then let sit for 2 or 3 more days in that same cool dark spot.
- Refrigerate and drink!