I have celiac disease, which means that one of the things I can't drink is beer. Well, there is gluten free beer, but in general I can't have beer. I can drink hard cider, however, and as the weather turns colder, I find myself wanting a cider now and then.
Since I love DIY food projects, and we had beer making equipment from back in the day, I decided it was time to try brewing up some cider. After consulting several websites, I found that this article from Mother Earth News was the most straightforward.
Basically you take some apple cider and put it in a pail with some yeast. Easier than brewing beer! I did take the step to heat the cider on the stove before adding the yeast and I have to say that heating 5 gallons of any liquid at one time is not exactly easy. Thank goodness I have a really large stockpot!
After a couple of weeks of fermentation, it was time for bottling. I skipped the extra clarifying step, so I'm sure we'll have some sediment in the final product, but that doesn't really bother me -- especially for my first time making cider. Since I wanted a bit of sparkle in my cider, I did add some extra honey and brown sugar before bottling.
Maddie was my helper since We did this final step while Pete was at work, and I have to say that she was a wonderful helper.
In a couple of weeks, this should be ready for drinking. I'll have to remember to post some photos of the finished product.