The Big Book of Cidermaking: Expert Techniques for Fermenting and Flavoring Your Favorite Hard Cider


Best-selling authors and acclaimed fermentation teachers Christopher Shockey and Kirsten K. Shockey turn their expertise to the world of fermented beverages in the most comprehensive guide to home cidermaking available. With expert advice and clear, step-by-step instructions, The Big Book of Cidermaking equips readers with the skills they need to make the cider they want: sweet, dry, fruity, farmhouse-style, hopped, barrel-aged, or fortified. The Shockeys’ years of experience cultivating an orchard and their experiments in producing their own ciders have led them to a master formula for cidermaking success, whether starting with apples fresh from the tree or working with store-bought juice. They explore in-depth the different phases of fermentation and the entire spectrum of complex flavor and style possibilities, with cider recipes ranging from cornelian cherry to ginger, and styles including New England, Spanish, and late-season ciders. For those invested in making use of every part of the apple, there’s even a recipe for vinegar made from the skins and cores leftover after pressing. This thorough, thoughtful handbook is an empowering guide for every cidermaker, from the beginner seeking foundational techniques and tips to the intermediate cider crafter who wants to expand their skills.

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All you need to know to brew hard cider at home


A clear understanding of the master process is the key to cidermaking success. Step-by-step directions with photos guide you through the ins and outs of making hard cider.


Learn how different apple varieties, yeast, and fermentation time affect the finished cider.


Go beyond the basics and explore a variety of cidermaking methods, such as using wild yeasts and infusing botanicals like hemp.


The History and Science Behind Cidermaking

Tools of the Trade

Storage and Troubleshooting

Recipes for a Variety of Styles

Unique Recipes like Kombucha Cider, Chai-der, and Kefir-Cultured Cider

With all the tips you need to get started, what cider will you ferment first?







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