It’s a perfect time of year to try your hand at turning some apple cider into hard cider, apple cider’s rabble-rousing older brother. With just a few supplies and a jug of cider, you can brew your own at home.
Armed with a jug or two of apple cider and some easily acquired homebrew gear like a vapor lock and a packet of yeast, you’ll be ready to start the brewing process. Your total cash outlay should be under $10 to get started, though you can certainly obtain higher-spec brewing supplies.
The Instructables tutorial covers making your own apple brew using both fresh, unpasteurized cider, and using commercially available pasteurized cider like you’d find at your local grocer. If you skip the make-your-own-cider step and buy a jug from the local cider mill, the whole process should take you only a matter of minutes to set up. Let your jugs sit tight in a cool and dark place for a few weeks and you’ll have some home-made hard cider to help you ride out the winter months.