Sweet and Hard Cider: Making it, Using it and Enjoying it

A comprehensive guide to every aspect of cidermaking. 192 Pgs.

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By Justin (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · January 25, 2012
The most well-known book about North American cidermaking. Lots of information for getting started, although it could use an update. It contains information on growing apples as well - but if you are serious about growing them you should get Michael Phillips The Holistic Orchard for that.

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By SterlingSpider · ★★☆☆☆ · September 04, 2009
This book is completely out of scale for the homebrewer. If this were advertised as a book on "how to establish a Cidery" which happened to have info useful to the homebrewer I would have cut it a lot more slack, but as advertised it's deeply disappointing. While I did enjoy the level of detail r... ...more
By George (Clemson, SC) · ★★★★☆ · February 22, 2013
This inexpensive book by Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols is positively enlightening. I bought it at a local supply shop without checking reader reviews, which is rather unlike me. Getting home, I checked the reviews and became a little nervous seeing comments about not being suitable for a home brew... ...more
By Mathew (Greensboro, NC) · ★★★★★ · February 16, 2014
This is an exhaustive treatise on every aspect of apple cider. I was really just looking for a few pointers to improve my own cider-making efforts - what I got was enough scholarly work to turn me into a professional cider maker. There is a whole lot more to making a batch of cider than grinding... ...more
By Linda (Reston, VA) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 24, 2015
I love cider so I was looking forward to reading this. Even if I never make my own cider learning about the process is interesting. Unfortunately, this book didn't really deliver.

It was maddeningly specific in some instances while being equally vague in others. It would have benefitted from many... ...more
By Erin (East Palatka, FL) · ★★☆☆☆ · November 21, 2011
I really expected this book to be THE DEFINITIVE book on cider-making. And I think that many people would say that it was. And I might even agree with them, except to say that it didn’t tell me how to make a very small batch of cider from start to finish, which is what I really needed to know.

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By Michael (Elkton, MD) · ★★★★☆ · November 04, 2009
I'm not too far in this book, but I'm thinking maybe I don't really want to grow my own apples and make my own cider after all. It sounds pretty involved. Also, as a sucker for the aesthetic, I'd really want to age my cider in wooden barrels. The chapter dedicated to these vessels sounds like car... ...more
By Scott (Wareham, MA) · August 02, 2011
Write a review...VERY detailed and informative. I did not know so much was involved in cider making...but it does explain the flavors I have experienced in home and commercial cider. If only I had an orchard or if apples were cheaper.

Lots of information on distilling, which I was surprised about... ...more
By chris (Boston, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 25, 2015
I ended up skimming parts of this, only because it's written for someone with more serious cider-making aspirations---there are chapters about e.g. 50-gallon oak barrel management and planting your own orchard. Lots of interesting information, but not really aimed at the 5-gallon homebrewer. ...more
By Nicholas · ★★★★☆ · October 02, 2013
Great book. Was surprised to find that it got in to the apple-growing side of things. I was expecting to have to dig for that information elsewhere. Actually, the whole piece of work was quite well-rounded and informative. Now it's time to get elbow deep in apple guts... ...more