Dabbling with Home Brewing


A couple days ago, Henry and I went to our local beer-making supply store and bought a kit for making wine and hard cider. We had researched the process and it seemed pretty simple. This is what a website suggested:


  • Apples (about 20 lbs, preferably of several varieties) (We just bought cider)
  • Champagne yeast
  • Yeast nutrient (Oops. Forgot)
  • Campden tablets (optional) (We didn’t use it, but we had it)
  • 1 cup Brown sugar (Didn’t use sugar at all)
  • 1 cup White sugar


  • Glass Carboy
  • Plastic bucket as a fermentation tank
  • Vapor lock
  • Rubber stopper
  • Bleach
  • rubber hose

We’ve already strayed from the simplest recipe and method we could find. We researched some more when we felt a bit out of our depth and that made us feel even more overwhelmed.

So, I told Henry to Google “ghetto hard apple cider.” We may stoop to hooch level. As of right now, our cider is hanging out in our bedroom, in a plastic bucket with some yeast. It’ll be in there until Monday night when we put it into the carboy. Yeah. Hooch.



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