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Hard Cider Making Essential Starter Kit

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Hard Cider Making Essential Starter Kit


The Hard Cider Essential Starter Kit is an economical way to start making hard cider at home.

It provides all of the basic fermentation and testing equipment required to make your first hard cider. If you decide this hobby is for you, additional items such as a 6 gallon carboy can be added to expand your cider equipment.

In addition to this equipment kit you’ll need bottles and a cider recipe kit. If you want to expand your setup immediately, check out our other equipment kits and our upgrade options!

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Regular Price: $74.99

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The Hard Cider Equipment Starter Kit Includes:

  • 6.5 Gallon Fermenter and Lid
  • 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket with Spigot
  • 2 oz. of Midwest Supplies Oxygen Wash
  • Airlock (Keeps air out of the fermenter)
  • Hydrometer (Determines alcohol content)
  • Bottle Brush, Bottle Capper & 60 Bottle Caps
  • Bottle Filler
  • Racking Tube with Bucket Clip & Siphon Tubing
  • 3 packets of Munton's Ale Yeast (6 grams)
  • 2 oz. Yeast Nutrient
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Did not have instructions for making hard cider
The kit comes with everything promised except for the step by step instructions for making hard cider (which is why I chose this) It did come with a DVD that only described wine making and did not play correctly part of the time. I called the number listed on the website where they suggested I go to another website for instructions.
September 22, 2017
1 year ago
Response from Midwest Supplies
We have some great information under our learn section on making hard cider. This is a great introduction with a few more links in the article as well. http://www.northernbrewer.com/connect/2015/09/short-pour-making-hard-cider
September 23, 2017
William R Staff
If you want to make hard cider the kit is ok
When making hard cider I prefer other yeast but these will work. The kit has the basics although some of the components aren't the best. You will probably end up getting additional chemicals like Pectin and DAP when you become more advanced. But for starting out it's ok.
January 22, 2014
Don't use the yeast, and the capper isn't all that hot
Although this kit has what you need to get started, you will want to replace the capper with a better one. I'd rather pay the price difference between the red and black capper._x000D__x000D_The yeast that comes with it is not very good for cider making. Don't use it._x000D_Personally, I'd get the auto-siphon or a stainless steel siphon instead of the plastic siphon.
December 22, 2013
Start making Cider
My sister likes my hard cider so I got her this kit. She made her first cider and we are waiting to taste it. She likes the kit and hopes to make more cider with it._x000D_
November 19, 2013
Don't forget the pectin
This is the Cider kit I started with that brought me inot brewing as well. The kit is ok, just get some pectin, and if you are advanced, a pH meter, some acids, and some carbonate.
November 9, 2013
Instead of this get the better beer kit
That kit has better components like the Red capper and a wider diameter 1/2" auto-siphon. I would also buy better dry yeast than what comes with this kit. When I make Cider I have even used liquid yeast with good results.
September 1, 2013
Seems ok
I've been making beer for a while and my dad likes cider so I got him this kit. It seems to have everything he needs and is a good starter kit. The yeast this kit comes with is just so-so, thats the one thing I'd upgrade.
June 2, 2013
Its ok, but I suggest the beer brewing starter kit instead
I make cider and while this kit is ok, its pretty much the same as a beer kit, and the yeast it comes with I would recommend not using. I'd instead use better yeast like the EC-1118.
April 20, 2013
A gift for my uncle
My uncle is interested in my brewing but likes hard cider not beer. Well he is in luck, because I got him this. We made a cider together and he wants to make more. The kit has all you need to get started, just buy a cider kit and you are ready to go.
March 6, 2013
A good starter kit
I think this is the ideal starter kit. Before spending a lot of money on a hobby, try it out first. This kit contains almost all you need, other than ingredients. If after a year you want to upgrade, there are a large number of choices for you to buy. The yeast that come with this kit are not optimal for cider. Cider yeast are more alcohol tolerant, and have somewhat different nutritional requirements, and make different tastes. Try the Wyeast ACT4766 or the Red Star Cote des Blancs instead.
January 19, 2013
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what bottles do you use?
P A on Jun 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The kit comes with caps and a capper to bottle it in standard beer bottles, but if you make your cider non-carbonated, you could bottle it in wine bottles with corks or screw-tops. -Mike W, Midwest Supplies

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