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How To Make Hard Cider

A delicious crisp and refreshing spiced hard cider recipe. The perfect introduction to homebrewing!
Keyword how to make hard cider, hard cider, how to, refreshing spiced hard cider, homebrewing
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5 gallons
Calories 3423kcal
Author Dani Meyer


  • Primary Fermentation:
  • 5 gallons of 100% apple juice or other fruit juice with no preservatives or added sugar.
  • 3 lb brown sugar brown sugar gives a light caramel flavor to your brew.
  • 1 lb corn sugar
  • 1 lb Pilsen Dry Malt Extract.
  • 1 ½ tsp. Yeast Energizer helps your yeast become established in their new sugary environment.
  • Wyeast “Cider” Yeast
  • Secondary Fermentation:
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup raisins we used white and regular
  • 2 cloves


For Priming:

  • 1. 6.5 fluid ounces of 100% real honey
  • 2. Boil a quart of the apple juice. While stirring quickly add the sugars. Remove from heat then slowly add the Pilsen Dry Malt Extract to the hot liquid until they are fully melted. If it clumps, return to heat and keep stirring vigorously until the clumps are mostly dissolved. Just don’t let the solution burn!
    3. Cool to 78-80 degrees in the fridge or via an ice bath. Pour into the fermenter allowing it to swirl and splash a bit.
    4. Take an original gravity reading.
    5. Pitch yeast and yeast energizer. Stir and cover fermenter with cheesecloth or lid and airlock.
    6. Move to the dark cool location (65-75 degrees) where it will not be disturbed. If using cheesecloth cover with a lid after 2 days.
    7. Rest for 3 weeks. Transfer to the secondary fermenter.
    8. Add vanilla to fermenter directly and raisins, cloves and cinnamon sticks in a mesh bag.
    9. Rest 1 week. Take a final gravity reading. Add priming honey and bottle.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 3423kcal | Carbohydrates: 845g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 334mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 751g