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Top 3 Tips for Better Cider Making

Cider making is enjoyed amongst many, and the popularity of home brewing continues to rise. Whether you want to stick to the traditional flavour of apples or try your hand at something else, these top tips can help you to brew your best cider mixture from home.

1. Focus on your Blend

If you’re using apples, you may want to use several different types. One single variety of apple is unlikely to have every one of the qualities you want in your final cider. Many delicious ciders are made from a blend of different apples to combine multiple flavours and smells. We’d advise choosing a mix of apples that are both sweet, sour and fragrant. Did you know that most apples that are considered ‘cider fruits’ are not recommended for eating? Using different varieties of apple per cider can help you to understand what flavours you enjoy most and how you can combine them together for the ultimate flavour combination.

2. Consider Sugars

The amount of sugar in your cider is important. Ideally, you’ll need the fruit you’re using to be ripe and have a high sugar content. Fruit from trees that have been less looked after are likely to have a more intense flavour as they’ll be smaller and contain less water, resulting in higher concentration and sugar. Many cider makers will add extra sugar to their brews in order to bring the gravity up before fermentation. This is widely known as chaptalization and helps to increase both alcohol level and storage stability. If you want to add more sugar at the end of the cider making process, opt for artificial sugars or sweeteners to ensure the yeast and alcohol levels are unaffected.

3. Try Dry Cider

Many people steer clear from a dry cider as they think they’ll dislike the tart tastes. However, it is the natural taste the fruit gives you after fermentation. Cider has a unique taste; it shouldn’t taste like apples the same way wine doesn’t taste of grapes. Try to look at making cider the same way wine is created. Dry ciders don’t have to be sour either, they can still remain sweet if the aromas from the fruit are present, as it’s the lack of aroma that makes a cider feel dry and taste harsh. Dry ciders are also the easiest kind of cider to make, which makes them widely loved.

Here at Vigo Presses, we have the equipment you need to create the perfect tasting cider, no matter what fruits you decide to use. For more information, give the team a call on 01404 890093 or by visiting our contact page

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