REVIEW – Making Craft Cider

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  • Author: Simon McKie
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747808171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747808176


Small-scale cider production is big business. In recent years the drink has seen a surge in popularity which has been a boon not only to the large industrial makers but also to small producers and home cider makers who value taste and complexity. This book takes us through the history, concepts, practicalities and techniques of craft cider production. It looks at the different styles of cider, and the effect of fruit variety, climate and orchard location on the finished drink. Each step in the process of production is dealt with separately and explained, and the book concludes with a suggested method for the home cider maker. This is the perfect introduction for anyone considering cider making, and a fascinating explanation of the history and process of real cider production for anyone who simply enjoys drinking it.


I received a copy of Making Craft Cider. Chapters include Cidermaking – Traditional and Scientific, Apple Selection and Harvesting, From Apples To Must, Measurement Blending and Additions, From Fermentation To Tasting, Sweet and Sparkling Cider and Cider Brandy, and Competitions Wassails Fetes Raffles and Sales. I LOVE apple cider. I’m only part way through this book but I’m finding it interesting because I never realized how much went into making apple cider. The book contains lots of color pictures, history and information. If a person paid close enough attention they could to make their own cider using this book as a reference. There are even blank charts included in the back of the book to use. The only issue I have with the book is that the print is REALLY small, so it’s hard for me to just relax because I’m working to read it. Anyone who enjoys cider or food history, or that is thinking about making cider, will appreciate this book.

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patricia Marsden June 22, 2011 - 9:10 am

The taste of cider like the taste of wine makes it good or not. I never thought about people making cider. Wonder what it entails.

Anders June 30, 2011 - 3:10 pm

The picture of apples sure looks delicious. Not sure I would want to make my own when I could just buy it.


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