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Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions and Making Your Own [Hardcover]

Ben Watson
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12 Jun 2009
With the rise in consumer demand for local foods and local food products, and the emergence of more small craft food and beverage producers since this book was originally published in 2000, this revised edition of Cider, Hard and Sweet comes at the right time. Watson's expanded the section on the history of cider to chronicle lesser-known cider producers such as those in Spain and Asia; broadened the selection of North American cider varieties and European cider apple varieties; provided new cidermaking basics tailored to beginner and intermediate cidermakers with special attention to the new cidermaking equipment available; added new recipes for cooking with cider from notable chefs and bartenders; and added a new chapter about the recent popularity of perry (pear cider) available for purchase today.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881508195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881508192
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 21.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,277,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cider, hard and sweet 5 Feb 2009
Acidentally bought this book not rtealising it was all on USA apples and cider making techniques. Not at all what you want if you live in the west country. Shame, waste of money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information, but you'll need more for hard cider 14 Oct 2002
By T. Harty - Published on
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As far as selecting apples, and actually creating cider from them, this book is abount as detailed as it gets. The tables in in that describe US and EU apple types as well as their traits is worth the price alone.

However, if you're looking to make hard (alcoholic) cider the book only takes you half way. Anyone looking to do hard cider should buy a seperate homebrew book that goes into detail about the brew process. Combine it with the information from this book and you'll have some great hard cider.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding for the apple grower too 25 May 2000
By James R. Saker - Published on
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Many of the books on cider making skim over the selection of apples, including English bittersweet and bittersharp varieties that are critical for outstanding cider production. Not Watson in this excellent book.
Several great lists of varieties and a good description of the cider apple classification methods is represented more clearly than I've found elsewhere.
A bit more clarification could have been given to the production process, as well as pressing details, but overall the book has been my favorite on the topic.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me thirsty 23 Aug 2007
By J. Cornett - Published on
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I found this book to be a very entertaining and fact-filled introduction to Cider making (and drinking). I am an experienced home brewer, and the information contained in this book was sufficient to "get me started" with brewing cider. However, I think that it is NOT sufficient if you have little or no background in brewing. That being said, if you are looking for a book about brewing cider, this would make an excellent choice if you also buy a beginner-level book about homebrewing as a companion.

And if you are just interested in apples, cider enjoyment, and a good dose of apple history, this is definitely a well-written and enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One pleased cidermaker 6 Dec 1999
By Michael Phillips - Published on
Ben Watson joins the good fight with this evocative call for real cider. Quality should matter in our lives. This definitive guide to cidermaking touches all the bases, from fascinating lore to the nitty-gritty details of sqeezing good juice and fermenting it to perfection. The 'down on the farm' photograph on the back cover of the book (circa 1900) clearly says it all: people who enjoy good cider know how to have fun in life! Lift up your own cup and enjoy "Cider, Hard and Sweet."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book 20 Mar 2007
By Matthew J. Bartlett - Published on
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I've been making hard cider for a couple years now, this book helped me understand how to make tweaks to it and how to recognize what causes certain tastes. It also goes over additives to put in the cider to give it different tastes. The book gives a beginers outlook on making cider in general, however as far as basics to hard cider this book is very general. All and all a good read, and well worth it's money
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