A simple recipe provided by our friends at Decideret Cider

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Sådan gør du

Apple cider

1) Pick the apples when mature. You know they’re right when you can press two fingers lightly into the apple flesh through the fruit skin.

2) Wash the apples and check for rotten ones. Grind the apples and use a fruit press or a juicer to extract the apple juice.

3) Pour the juice into a clean bucket with a lid and an airlock. The airlock equalizes the pressure in the container during the fermentation process, where sugar is converted to alcohol, CO2 and a wide range of aromatic elements.

4) The fermentation will start by itself after sitting for 24 to 48 hours at room temperature. Going forward a temperature around 5 to 10 degrees celcius is preferable, seeing as it will make the following steps of the process easier. You can listen if the airlock is bubblen – that’s a good sign of activity.

5) Make sure to remove impurities by racking the cider from one bucket to another using a rubber tube about 2 to 4 times during the process. Avoid oxygenizing the liquid too much and put a lid on the new container immediately.

6) Continuously measure the sugar content with a refractometer and bottle the cider when you’re at a level of 12 to 16 grams of sugar per liter.

7) Let the cider continue to ferment for a few months in the bottles. This will also create the lovely cider fizz.

Tip

Timing is key: If you bottle too early while there’s too much residual sugar in the cider, you’ll risk excessive carbonation in the bottle. A solution is to release the pressure by changing the a little while after bottling. If you on the other hand let the cider fully ferment while still in the bucket - thus transforming all the sugar in the bucket to alcohol – you can add a bit of fresh apple juice to reach the desired sugar content before bottling.

Ingredienser

Apple cider

20 kg Apples
2 buckets
1 refractometer to measure the sugar content
1 rubber tube for racking and bottling
Bottles with caps