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Grocery Store (Hard) Cider

How to make (Hard) Cider from grocery store ingredients.

Why am I writing “hard” in parenthesis? Well, that is because we have an international audience and in some parts of the world an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting apples is called Cider and in other parts of the world it is called Hard Cider. We don’t make the rules here. We just try our best to speak in a format that everyone can understand. Thank you for understanding.

Anyway, back to the good stuff; how to make this refreshing beverage. Every ingredient we used can be purchased at your local grocer. Apples, juice, yeast… and you know what? It’s actually REALLY good. Sometimes getting back to basics is the best way to make something. We created a complex, rich flavorful cider with minimal ingredients… well, aside from apples, lol.

Grocery Store (Hard) Cider


Mixed Apples, we used one of each Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Gala Honey Bear, Fuji, Gala, Ambrosia Gold and one mystery apple

1 Gallon (3.785 liters) Apple Juice Lakewood Organic Pure: https://amzn.to/46AGLDh

1 teaspoon Bread Yeast: https://amzn.to/3PXa3Fd

1 Black Tea Bag steeped 5 minutes


Back Sweeten with Erythritol to 1.010 specific gravity reading: https://amzn.to/3M3CGzk

42 grams Sugar

“Insurance” Yeast

Tools We Use

Stirring Paddle: https://amzn.to/3QinuAM

Star San: https://amzn.to/3rTvnmR

Little Big Mouth Bubbler: https://www.northernbrewer.com/products/little-big-mouth-bubbler

Stainless Steel Skimmer Spoon: https://amzn.to/3rQWjDI

Hydrometer Kit: https://amzn.to/48SPDpg

Baster: https://amzn.to/45wuYEE

Half Sheet Baking Pan: https://amzn.to/45B3NZk

Our Favorite Pitcher: https://amzn.to/3QgP7Kt

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Belgian Tasting Glasses: https://amzn.to/3Fg9Vvq

Swing Top Beer Bottles, Amber: https://amzn.to/46NTwdw

Swing Top Beer Bottles, Clear: https://amzn.to/3ZWwMWo

CSB Glasses: https://city-steading.com/product/city-steading-brews-stemless-wine-glass/

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