How to Make Hard Cider!
This vlog is all about home brewing, hard cider in particular! I want to encourage anyone interested in small batch brewing to give this a shot. It's not expensive, hard, or troublesome - but it does involve some minor purchases and gear. The fine folks over at Mountain Feed have everything you need to brew online. Tell them I said hello!
This video is entirely for small batch brewing, only one gallon at a time. A gallon jug costs around 5 bucks, a stopper and aerator, a few dollars. Yeast is a couple of quarters. It's an inexpensive way to start a new hobby and a great barter item for the homestead! For this video you also need to get a gallon of soft, fresh-pressed, cider and a pound of honey. It will ferment around a dozen standard beer bottles worth of cider, which you can bottle at home.
Some essential tips:
Set your cider on a countertop the night before, so it isn't cold for brew day.
Keep yeast in your fridge when not in use!
Once in fermentation jug, set your cider aside in a place around 60-70 degrees.
Start collecting beer bottles with pry (not twist) tops, you can wash and reuse these!
Buy new bottle caps and bottle capper. You will use these in a month to bottle!