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Make hard cider from scratch

1 reviewNewfield, United States

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Experience hosted by Chrys

3 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll start with a brief overview and history of cidermaking, then head out to our garden to harvest apples from our dwarf trees. We'll wash the apples outside then prepare them for grinding in 'Roma' fruit grinder. As we're chopping and grinding apples we'll explain the different flavor types that are desirable in cider: sweet, bittersweet, sharp and bittersharp, and which types of apples provide these flavors.

We'll then transfer the ground apples, or pomace, to the Weston cider press and show some tips we've learned on extracting the juice efficiently. We'll take a short break to taste a variety of local ciders, from sweet to dry. While pressing a second batch we'll discuss other options for cidermaking and the economics of making your own.

We'll finish by pitching the yeast and attaching the airlock, and then explain the next steps: how long to ferment for different styles, how and when to bottle, and how to add carbonation for sparkling cider.
We'll start with a brief overview and history of cidermaking, then head out to our garden to harvest apples from our dwarf trees. We'll wash the apples outside then prepare them for grinding in 'Roma' fruit grinder. As we're chopping and grinding apples we'll explain the different flavor types that are desirable in cider: sweet, bittersweet, sharp and bittersharp, and which types of apples provide these flavors.

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Meet your host, Chrys

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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My husband Bill and I have spent the last 30 years learning many food and beverage self-sufficiency skills, including growing and preserving vegetables, making homebrew and cider, baking sourdough bread, making jam, and herbal products.

We have been making hard cider since 2014, when we purchased a home cider press to utilize the abundance of apples produced by trees we planted on our land 20 years ago. Each fall we press and ferment between 8-15 gallons of cider to enjoy the following spring and summer.
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Where you'll be

The homebrewing workshop will take place at the Treehouse, our hand-built home in the hills of Newfield, south of Ithaca. The house number is on the mailbox - please drive slowly up the gravel driveway and park near the house.

1 review

Lori
September 2019
Two friends & I did the class. It was very fun. We learned so much. Our hosts were very knowledgeable & hospitable. The setting was beautiful. This was their first class & we thought it went very well. I would highly recommend this class. It was a really unique experience.
Two friends & I did the class. It was very fun. We learned so much. Our hosts were very knowledgeable & hospitable. The setting was beautiful. This was their first class & we thoug…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 21 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

We are Airbnb hosts and have a guest room that sleeps three. If you are interested in booking the room as well, send us a request and we can offer you a discount on the listed price for the room.