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In the middle of the day, I decided it was time to make some cider. This is my first attempt at homemade cider. Primarily, I’m making it for Hun. Although I like hot apple cider, I don’t particularly have any feelings about it otherwise. So, here’s what I did (and probably where I screwed up a bit).

1. Cut some apples. I used 4 apples for this batch of cider. No need to worry about peeling and all that, I just sliced them in 1/8ths.  All of the apples came from our 1st apple orchard trip at Byler’s Farm, PA.

2. Add some orange zest. Just grab a grater and scrape that orange across a bit. I didn’t zest the entire orange, just about half of the peel.

4 Apples, 2 Oranges, plus Orange zest
4 Apples, 2 Oranges, plus Orange zest

3. Cut oranges. Yes, plural. I used two (which is probably where I messed up). One likely would have been quite alright, the second (I think) gave the cider a bit of a punch in the back.

4. Throw the apples and orange in a big pot of water. I used filtered water and filled the pot to almost full.

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Almost full, not all the way!

5. Don’t forget some spices for that extra flavoring. Since I didn’t have cinnamon sticks on hand, I just used ground cinnamon (which works fine). If you want, throw some clove in there, too. Don’t forget the sugar! I put about a half cup in at this point.

Ready to boil!
Ready to boil!

6. Bring the pre-cider to a boil for about an hour or so, no lid needed. I stirred the cider a few times during the boiling period, but I’m thinking this isn’t really necessary. I simply wanted to ensure all the flavors were mixing together well.

7. Now simmer the almost-cider. Do this for another 2 or so hours. Honestly, I didn’t look at the clock too much. I generalized my times, knowing that essentially I’m extended boiling some water. I also kept stirring. You can start to mash up the fruit, as it should be soft now. Also, throw in more sugar if you want. I used another half-cup or so and a touch of cinnamon.

8. Remove from stove and strain into a container. I did this as well, making a horrendous mess in the process. Either way, here’s my cider!!

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Hun’s initial quote upon my presentation of the cider, “Oh, it’s good. Did you put lemon in it?” To which, of course, I said I used orange. A few minutes later Hun said, “I like the beginning, just not the end.”

So, although not an epic fail, not a total win either. Next time, I’ll only use one orange, or I might forgo it and see how it turns out.

*By the way, I didn’t completely come up with this on my own. GimmeSomeOven helped me know about the cooking times (and orange that I went overboard with).

Apple Cider, Partial Fail
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2 thoughts on “Apple Cider, Partial Fail

    • November 24, 2013 at 3:26 am
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      Cheri, I re-made it tonight (without the orange) and it was a HIT! Papa Bear/Hun said he looks forward to drinking more of it 🙂 I’ll be posting a follow-up about the fact it worked!!

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