11 Seminars on Cidermaking

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Few things pair better with a crisp fall day than a pint of homemade hard cider. The flavor profiles that you can create from fermenting apples are unique, and homebrewers are often delighted to learn that turning around a cider can take less time than fermenting homebrew.

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1. Cider Post-Fermentation Adjustments

Learn more about cider made from dessert apples and cider apples, as well as some of the standard techniques used after fermentation to make flavor adjustments. This session emphasizes basic bench trial techniques along with a conceptual exploration of what it means to make craft cider.

2. Cider Revolution: How to Brew Great Cider from Everyday Ingredients

This talk discusses proven methods for making excellent fruit and specialty ciders from commonly available ingredients using a quick and simple process. We’ll cover cidermaking basics, ingredients, process, suggested variants, and recipes, and we’ll sample ciders made using the described process. More advanced cidermakers will be introduced to ways to improve their process and gain ideas for unique ciders.

3. Cider: It’s All About the Yeast

The cider revolution is coming and we’re bringing yeast to the forefront! For years, yeast has been ignored in home cidermaking. Find out about old and new strains used in cidermaking, including some wild strains like Candida species, and discover fermentation techniques to take your ciders to the next level.

4. Continuing the Revolution: Taking Your Cidermaking To The Next Level

Expand your cidermaking possibilities by working with fresh fruit. Learn how to press your own juices using easily available equipment, and find out what fruits work best and where to get them.

5. Exploring Fruit Ciders

This seminar offers an overview of the procedures and processes of adding fruit to hard cider. Topics include base cider selection, fruit pairing and preparation, yeast selection, nutrients, aeration, and more. From acidity and tannins to stabilizing and back-sweetening, you’ll gain a comprehensive overview of what it takes to make great fruit cider.

6. Ice Cider

Ice cider is a delicious but uncommon cider style. This seminar reviews the history and origins of ice cider and discusses tips and techniques for making it at home. Learn about apple juice selection, the freezing process, fermentation, and post-fermentation adjustments to make your own ice cider.

7. Mastering Cider: Tips for Making Better Cider from Master Cidermakers

Join this panel of experienced home cidermakers to have your burning questions about cider answered. Each panelist will offer in-depth tips on how to improve as a cidermaker. Come with an open mind and an inquisitive palate.

8. Navigating the Complexities of Making Great Hard Cider at Home

This seminar explores various ways of making hard cider, from simple processes to more complex, and will show you how procedures, ingredient selection, creativity, time, and patience give you control over the final outcome. The sky’s the limit when it comes to making great cider!

9. Exploring the Diversity of Yeast Strains for Different Cider Styles

During this presentation, the speakers explain the general concept of cider and how this beverage is understood around the world. Depending on one’s definition of cider and perception of various cider styles, different technical yeast requirements must be considered when selecting the optimum yeast strain for your cider.

10. Wine and Cider Making for Homebrewers: How to Use the Equipment You Already Have to Make Hard Cider and Wine

Wine and cider making can seem intimidating, but we will discuss ways to easily use the equipment you already have to branch out a little into making wines and ciders. We will discuss kit wines, “country wines” (non-grape wines), cider, and the basics of grape winemaking in a fun and casual way.

11. All About Sulfites (and Sorbate too)

This presentation reviews and discusses the chemistry and the use of sulfites, explains how to determine when and how much sulfites to add, dispels some of the common myths surrounding the use of sulfites, identifies best practices for making mead/cider/wine without the use of sulfites, and reviews the use of sorbate in combination with sulfites to stabilize mead/cider/wine.

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