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Making Craft Cider - A Ciderist's Guide (Shire Library) [Paperback]

Simon McKie
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10 April 2011 Shire Library
Cider has recently seen a surge of popularity both in versions produced by large breweries and by small producers and home cider-makers who value taste and complexity. This book takes us through the history and practicalities, and introduces the concepts and techniques of craft cider production. It looks at the different styles of cider, and the effect of fruit variety, climate and orchard location on the finished drink, and the book concludes with a suggested method for the home cider maker. This is the perfect introduction for anyone considering cider making, and a fascinating explanation of the history and process of real cider production for anyone who just enjoys drinking it.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747808171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747808176
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone who enjoys cider or food history, or that is thinking about making cider, will appreciate this book." -Valerie Gray, "From Val's Kitchen"."..anyone interested in trying to craft a traditional British-style cider, in whatever location, will find this slim volume an invaluable resource and an endless source of inspiration." -"Sleeping Hedgehog""Even a novice ciderist can create a great tasting cider with the help of this book... The author's expertise in this field of making craft cider is apparent in the ways he has given detailed descriptions in all the chapters and the photos are even more helpful in understanding the subject." - Seduce Your Tastebuds

About the Author

Simon McKie, a Barrister and Chartered Accountant by profession, makes up to 200 a gallons of cider a year from his own orchards. He is the author of several books on tax planning.

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5.0 out of 5 stars When the moon shine's on the cowshed 6 April 2011
Being a young, amateur Cider enthusiast this book was a perfect read. Mckie has hit on every aspect of the growing, making, tasting and obvious enjoyment of the cider world. The book is concise, interesting, informative and easy to understand. Whether you are just starting your 'cider journey' or looking to add to your knowledge, McKie's Making Craft Cider is perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Corker of a Cider Guide 19 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, let's be honest here this is a book that will appeal to the west country quite a lot and whilst I'm more of a real ale and mead man myself I can appreciate the skills required to create that special blend from nature's bounty. What this book from Simon McKie will do is take you by the hand through the various stages on the creation of the forbidden fruits alcoholic beverage from picking the right variety of apples to the various different stages of brewing and does it very well.

It's in depth, it has easy to follow steps and whilst I don't really touch the stuff myself, I always appreciate a master crafter at work. All in this was a fascinating book that not only presented the history of drink but also kept the reader fascinated at all the various products that can be created from one simple piece of fruit which made this a real gem of a book and one that really does deserve lots of time and attention which many Ciderist's (or perhaps Ciderist's in waiting) will lavish over almost as a religious experience. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ciderist's Guide 14 May 2011
This book is entitled a 'Ciderist's Guide' and the title could not be more accurate. This charming booking about the intricacies of Craft Cider making is a perfect read for any keen amateur ciderist. Informative, clear and thoughtful Simon Mckie has written a book that is the perfect accompaniment to any home cider brewing endeavour. Not only this but the book is also a fascinating read for the concise history of craft cider making, and the obvious enthusiasm of the author. The book will appeal to any keen ciderist but also, if stumbled upon by a complete novice, is sure to spark an interest in craft cider that has hitherto lain dormant.

An articulate, helpful and passionate account about a drink that is as ancient, subtle and complicated as any fine wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In praise of rustic pusuits! 6 April 2011
I bought this book as a gift for a keen ciderist but started to flick through it myself. This is a great book. It takes you through each stage of cider making,very simply and clearly and there's way more to this cidermaking than I thought. There's also some interesting history of cider making and lots of charming photographs. The best bit is the tasting table at the back, an excuse to indulge in the name of science and there are lots of spaces to fill. I can't wait to try cider champagne! This book has all the hallmarks of becoming a classic guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars English Wine? 9 April 2011
This is a jolly little tome. As befits any "how to.........." guide it is written by an obvious enthusiast. Indeed, by the end of the book one is concerned for his liver. The book is fascinating, the historical place of cider in England's history is well-described and is both informative and illuminating. After this the whole process of turning the humble apple into a vintage brew is described, the level of detail is more than adequate to enable home-brewing by the novice. All that's needed are some apples, some space and, as well illustrated by the book an accommodating spouse!

Buy this, buy some apples and..............
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