Turning bumper crops of apples into homemade cider is easier than you might think. Home brewer Nevin Stewart has discovered a speedy way to brew liquid gold.

Watch this great video on how to make Cider at home

CIDER-MAKING: A QUICK GUIDE

  • As well cider apples, dessert or cooker varieties can be used; the best cider is made from a mixture of sweet and sour (a ratio of 4:1).
  • Roughly speaking, eight kilos of apples will make one gallon of cider.
  • From picking to pouring, the process can take up to six months.
  • You will need: a juicer (Nevin picked his up second hand at a charity shop). a food safe hose with grip clamp, fermenting bin with a tap, straining bag and straining bucket, glass demi-johns with airlock bungs, Campden tablets for sterilising your kit, a hydrometer for chekcing sugar levels, cider yeast. These can all be picked up relatively cheaply from a home brew shop, such as www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk