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You can't make the cider without the equipment!
This page caters to the equipment needed during cider making. Whether making a one-gallon batch or a 100-gallon batch, you will enjoy making cider more with the right equipment at your figure tips.
You can use most of this cider making equipment in all types of homebrewing (beer, wine or cider), and they are available at the Brew Mart homebrew store and online.
If you have more than a few things to buy, you should consider purchasing a cider making starter kit which is a convenient way to buy many items together at a reduced price.
Accurately measuring sugars or any additive is a no brainer. One particular task that you will find the use of a scale significant is measuring priming sugar. Too little, and you have too much flat cider, and your bottles can explode.
Acid/Ph Testing Kit:
It can taste tart when the cider is too acidic, while a neutral cider will taste flat and bland. Testing the cider allows you to balance the acidity and achieve controlled results. Testing is beneficial when using fresh-pressed cider with a mix of unknown apples.
Before you purchase your cider making equipment, a quick word of warning about the material from which they are made:
Apple juice or any fruit juice is acidic and reacts unpleasantly with several materials. Please stay away from metals unless they are genuinely stainless. Lead is hazardous, but iron and steel rust very quickly, discolour the cider and make it taste not very pleasant. Food grade is the operative phrase applied to plastic and stainless steel items. Wood is good, such as with the fruit press, but can be hard to keep clean unless varnished.
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