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cold nudist – a lesson in cider-making 2

My parents unearthed half a dozen thick brown quart bottles and several Grolsch style swing top bottles. They were thick with dust and still contained sterilising fluid from the seventies, when they had been constantly filled and refilled from a bin of beer that bubbled away in a corner. I had also collected quite a few screw-top wine bottles. Bottling is easy, once you get the hang of it – once you get enough suction going in the syphon though, make sure you have the bottles (with their heaped teaspoon of sugar inside) lined up and ready to go, or you’re likely to get cider spurting out all over you and the kitchen floor.

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cold nudist – a lesson in cider-making

As a true cider lover (bar Magners’ weird orange, over-sweet fizzy pop) and an eternal optimist, I thought making delicious apple nectar at home would be a doddle. It is. Starting from scratch is a mission though, so unless you have acres of garden laden with apple trees ready to drop and an apple press in the shed ready for scratting the fruit, it’s easier to start with a cider kit. Strangely, although there’s a whole world of beer kits out there, when it comes to one of the UK’s favourite and best drinks, there aren’t many to choose from. This was the one I went for (you can buy all the equipment you need from here too): http://www.homebrew4u.co.uk/homebrew-cider-kits/

When it comes to making up your brew, be warned that measuring out 32 pints of water with a half-pint jug is not that easy after consuming a fair bit of shop-bought cider. Oh, and the instructions are on the back of the label, so tease it from the tin slowly… But if you do rip it off with excitement like I did (and believe me, it’s hard to read when in strips) you can always find the brewing instructions here: http://www.homebrew4u.co.uk/brewing-instructions/brew-buddy-cider.asp

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