DetailsThe most complete cidermaking starter kit ever, Crooked Apple® gives you everything you need to craft dangerously drinkable hard cider. Our orchard-fresh, 100% apple juice recipe kit plus every piece of equipment you need to perfect your poison.
Go hard core with a drink that’s as bad-ass and revolutionary as you are. Popularized by the true patriots who built our nation. Prized by those who still live free, fierce and true. Taste the true branch-to-bottle experience of historic, hand-crafted hard cider in every sip. Go on...seize your cider.
The first of its kind, our Grimhilde recipe kit is pure to the core. No added sugar. No additives or preservatives. Just pure, crisp, liquid apples and a 6% ABV.
Brew cider with brilliant clarity and customizable taste. Pristine glass fermentors last a lifetime and will never taint your cider with off-flavors, colors or aromas. Craft lip-smacking cider, batch after batch. Make it to-die-for with the first starter kit to feature a secondary fermentor. Clarify your cider in secondary, sweeten to perfection and age for mature flavor. Good enough to make Johnny Appleseed jealous, Crooked Apple® isn’t just hand-picked—it’s polished.
Grimhilde One Gallon Cider Recipe Kit
Little Big Mouth Bubbler® Primary Fermentor, Bung & Airlock
One Gallon Secondary Fermentor, Cap & Airlock
FermagraF°Adhesive Temperature Strips (x2)
18" Plastic Paddle
Mini Auto-Siphon & Tubing
Bottle Filler, Capper & Caps
Food-Grade Cleaner & Sanitizer
Note: This kit is Gluten Free! Specific value is <4 ppm
- Details & Instructions
3.6 / 5.011 ReviewsDisappointing KitSo, I've purchased brewing/wine kits before and liked the results, so when an offer for hard cider kits came into my email, I was very interested, especially as someone who likes hard cider. But the kit was disappointing, and the recipe was simplistic, and not in a good way.I liked the big mouth bubbler: these glass carboys are much easier to clean and use than their small necked forebears. However, the screw top cover doesn't really work with the rubber stoppers and airlocks; it was a bad fit, which seems like an easy design flaw to have fixed. I mean, the one gallows jug included as a secondary fermenter has a pierced screw cap for the airlock. And my gripe with all carboy since the dawn of time: how hard would it be to put the gallon marks on the side of the damn carboy?? Honestly, you designed these thingsites from scratch. Finally, we have the temperature strips. These didn't work once during the entire brewing process. Add to that the leaky bottle filler, and you have a kit that really felt slapped together and cheap.September 14, 2016Good equipment kit, recipe kit needs attentionThe equipment kit is great - a complete set of everything you'd need to brew small batches. I got this for the cider, but mostly to have smaller equipment for experimenting with different beer recipes. For these purposes, the kit is perfect and has all I need. The recipe kit, however, is a complete mess. It didn't come with everything listed on this product page, and the instructions in the kit didn't even match what I got. First, there's no bentonite in the kit, even though it's in the list on the instructions and on the product page, and it's one of the steps on Day 1 in the instructions. Then we saw that it came with two yeast packets, one Safcider and one wine yeast packet. The list on the instructions said to use the Safcider yeast, but elsewhere it says we're using wine yeast. Needless to say, we were pretty confused. We were going to make our cider on a Sunday, but didn't want to without the bentonite, and of course we couldn't call customer service. So when we talked to Midwest on Monday, they helpfully explained that they had taken the bentonite out of the kit because the other two fining agents did the job well enough. They also explained that they had recently started sending the Safcider yeast instead of the wine yeast, but somehow we got both. That's all great, but why not update the instructions when you make changes? It turns out we had everything we needed, but the lack of organization by Midwest meant we couldn't start our cider when we wanted to.I would give this kit 5 stars, because it really is good, but our experience with the recipe kit is worth about 1 star.August 12, 2016Response from Midwest SuppliesThanks for your review! Sorry for the confusion on the kit! There was some disorganization, but it should be cleared up for the kits we have in stock. Let me know if there's anything we can do to help you out or make it up to you!November 2, 2016Midwest SuppliesPoor quality controlInstructions called for Bentonite although kit did not include. Temperature strips did not measure temp- stayed at 80 degrees for hours. Two packets of different yeast included with no instruction on which one to use. Grrrrrr! Frustrating first attempt.October 24, 2017Purchased
9 months agoPlease redo the instruction kit based on new kit ingredients!I was shipped an old instruction sheet and new set of ingredients, which means that the instructions directed me to to use an ingredient that I was not sent: Bentonite. I see now be reading the comments on the website that the Bentonite is no longer necessary, but fat lot of good that did me when I was elbow deep in the cider making process. Please stop shipping an incorrect sheet with the kits. Additionally, I too was provided (2) packets of yeast with no explanation as to why, or which specifically to use. Further, its unclear to a new fermenter what ingredients are which, so a more detailed picture, or some consistency in what they are called, would go a long way to fool proofing this kit.May 30, 2017Don't use the sweetenerAwful artificial tasting sweetener ruined the batch which otherwise had a nice crispness.November 24, 2016Purchased
1 year agoVery Nice Kit!I bought this for as a gift for people whom were interested in how to make cider and more. Most complete little kit I've seen. They were happy with the kit!January 12, 2016This is a great kitThis is a great kit! This is a great kit! This is a great kit! This is a great kit!July 20, 2017Simple and funAs I'm just getting started this kit was very fun and easy way to dive in and have something to show for my effort. Been reading about and wanting to make home brew for years.January 7, 2017Purchased
1 year agoNot a bad kit at allThe brew came out good and was all around easy to set up and brew. My problem with the kit is the sweetener they provided as I believe it adds a weird flavor, buts thats just my preference. Probably not worth the $76 but I love the equipment provided.July 25, 2018Purchased
3 months agoCrooked Apple�??� Hard Cider Starter KitThis was a very easy kit to use and the instructions were easy to follow. Happy with the brew so far even though it is a young batch. Looking forward to how the taste will mellow over the next year. The equipment is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars. The auto siphon and gravity bottle filler are sub par and made for a messy transfer. I ended up buying a better siphon and spring loaded bottle filler which made the final bottling much more enjoyable. Overall, a very fun kit.March 25, 2016
- Customer Q&A
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 8 answersAre the carbonate drops included in the kit? Shows in the pic but don't see it in the listBEST ANSWER: Yes there were carbonation tabs in the. I did some bottles with the tabs and some without to see which we preferred.Can the Grotsch type of bottles be used in place of the beer bottles??BEST ANSWER: Yes, but if you are going to use the drops to carbonate, you'll have to use about 1.5 drops per grolsch -- or whatever ratio of volume from beer to your larger bottle is. If your Grolsch bottles are 500 mL, that is about 17 oz, so almost 50 percent larger than a standard 12 oz bottle. That means roughly 1 and a half drops will yield the same carbonation.Pretty sure I got an old kit today, no bentonite and two yeast packets. How am I supposed to do this small batch with no bentonite? Witch yeast am I supposed to use?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, these kits no longer need bentonite to be added as this has already been added to the juice when it was packaged. Some of the kits got old instruction sheets that called for you to add it. As for the yeast, the manufacturer includes one but we think the Safcider is a better yeast and recommend you use that one. Cheers!I have a question, I started some wine on 7-24-2016 with gluten free sugar and it doesn't seem to be creating CO2...did I use the wrong sugar and is it savable?BEST ANSWER: The gluten-free sugar should not cause a problem by itself, there may be some other issue that is inhibiting the fermentation. I'd check the gravity, and see if it has changed from the start. If not, there may need to be some action taken, like adding more yeast, or doing a small starter and adding it back into the larger batch. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies