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October 7, 2010

Time for Cider

Filed under: Vinting — Tags: , , , , , , — paragardener @ 9:45 pm

The Wheel of the Year indicates: time to celebrate apples.

I have got my store-bought caramel and candied apples sitting up on the shelf for now, but making hard cider is by far the more exciting part. I purchased the unfinished “cider” at the Grosse Pointe Farms Kroger, for which I paid $5 even per gallon. There was exactly one type of cider available for purchase, Litehouse, “blended with GALA APPLES” and pasteurized.

Pasteurization sucks as it kills the yeast which naturally live with the apples. I left the jug open out-of-doors for an hour hoping for some yeast to drift on in… the jug is now sitting in my basement under a fermentation lock, which needs to start bubbling soon or the baker’s yeast I have on hand is going in. In that event, I might as well add some brown sugar, too.


Cider fermenting.

Nothing says class like fermenting it on the plastic.


Before the season is out I’ll start a second batch for conversion to applejack. The process is to put your hard cider out on the coldest day of the year, then throw away the ice that forms and take the remaining liquid back inside to bottle or drink. The result is, of course, more concentrated cider, or applejack. It’s nice to have things to live for during the winter…

Remember that every apple is Goddess-stamped with a pentagram, and that apples are so good they are traditional symbols for temptation. Peoples of temperate climes, may you enjoy apples this Fall!



  1. Oh how I miss hard cider

    Comment by Erik Rick — October 9, 2010 @ 5:24 am

  2. made apple crisp on Thursday when friends came to visit. Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream is a treat! You have to be sure and add cinnamon of course …

    Comment by estraven — October 9, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  3. Oh, to the apple squeezed cider: turn, turn, turn. Grampa’s would get a little fizzy and that’s when I liked it best!

    Comment by Linnea — October 9, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

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