MAKING CIDER FROM APPLES

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To make cider from apples please buy a copy of our guide and recipe leaflet "MAKING CIDER FROM APPLES" which will guide you through the entire process. You can find this item by using our "Search" button.

You will also need the following EQUIPMENT and INGREDIENTS:
  • VWP STERILISER
  • VIGO PULPMASTER (to crush the apples)
  • VIGO PULPMASTER BUCKET (very important to have the correct bucket for the Pulpmaster)
  • CIDER PRESS & PRESS LINER
  • WINE & BEER HYDROMETER
  • TRIAL JAR FOR HYDROMETERS
  • PECTOLASE
  • GERVIN YEAST No.3
  • RITCHIE BEER FININGS BOTTLE
  • To assist in maintaining a fermentation temperature of around 24°C you can use a Brew Belt or a Heating Tray.

Generally about 20lb (9Kg) of apples are required to make one gallon of juice.

For single gallon production:

PET PLASTIC DEMIJOHN (GALLON BOTTLE). No bung is required as the cap is fitted with a rubber grommet to take a PLASTIC BUBBLER AIRLOCK which you will need to order separately.

For 5 gallon production:

WINE FERMENTING BIN (BUCKET) 33 litre + GROMMET. This fermenter is supplied complete with a grommet fitted to it's lid to take a PLASTIC BUBBLER AIRLOCK which you will need to order separately.

All of the above items (including the recipe leaflet), together with their prices, can be found by using the "Search" button on our web site. There are also pictures of many of the products on our web site.

When the cider has fermented you can either bottle it or barrel it. Bottling will produce a more fizzy drink which some people prefer, bottling also makes it easier to chill.

The easy route is to barrel as there is only one vessel to fill instead of a number of bottles. So, for a barrel go to the "Barrels and Accessories" section of our web site.

If you decide to bottle you will need to buy a suitable quantity of the "500ml AMBER PLASTIC BEER BOTTLES", you'll find these in the "Bottling Equip. & accessories" section.

A syphon set should be used to transfer the cider from the fermenting vessel into bottles or a barrel. To make a complete syphon set please order a PLASTIC SYPHON TUBE plus a SYPHON TAP and 2 metres of 5/16" TUBING.