The only ingredient you need is an apple. In this updated edition of Cider, Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols take you step-by-step through the process that renders fruit into a refreshing drink. In addition to learning about the equipment you'll need to make a glorious cider, Proulx and Nichols also discuss the pros and cons of various types of apple presses, from traditional heavy grinders to sleek hydraulic presses. You'll also learn about the glass bottles vs. wooden barrels debate; how to filter, fine, and rack your cider; and where and how to store it.
They also provide recipes for making six types of cider---still, sparkling, champagne, barrel, French, and flavored---and advise you on which apples to use to achieve particular flavor qualities. There is even a chapter on making cider vinegars and brandy and using cider in your cooking.
Finally, Proulx and Nichols show you how to grow and maintain your own home apple orchard and build your own cidermaking equipment. This revised edition of the classic handbook is a complete guide for anyone who wants to discover and learn the art of making and drinking fresh cider.