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Real Cider Making on a Small Scale [Paperback]

Michael J. Pooley , John Lomax
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Book Description

29 April 1999
Cider is a quite delicious drink which has been known for thousands of years and which has enjoyed a fashionable makeover in recent years. This practical book by Michael Pooley and John Lomax, both cidermakers of national repute for more than 20 years, explores both modern and traditional approaches, and has been designed to enable the enthusiast using any type of apples to make real cider with skill and confidence. The book covers the history of cidermaking, techniques for preserving apple juice for drinking, washing and crushing the apples, pressing the pulp, fermentation, blending and storing, cider-based recipes, the making of perry from pears and also includes instructions and a set of superb scaled plans for building an inexpensive cider press using hardwood or good quality softwood.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Special Interest Model Books (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854861956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854861955
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Pooley and John Lomax, cidermakers for more than twenty years, have established teaching courses and demonstrations of the craft at venues throughout the UK. In this comprehensive book on the subject they have combined their experience and expertise to produce a clear, accessible text for both the amateur and the would-be professional cidermaker.

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Cidermakers Michael Pooley and John Lomax (both from Ironbridge, Shropshire) were two of those people whose passion for their work was totally infectious. They were cidermakers for over twenty years and during that time their well-attended apple day teaching courses and demonstrations of the craft at venues throughout the UK acquired a national reputation. They worked hard to change the perception of cider as a foul, overly strong brew, and to impart their knowledge to the masses on how to produce good quality cider and apple juice. They always made the point at their workshops that knowing something and not doing anything with that knowledge is the same as not having that knowledge in the first place, and urged their students to take their newly acquired cider-intelligence home with them and work with it. In 1999 they compiled this standard book about 'real' cidermaking, which is thorough, practical and inspiring. It is based on their combined experience and expertise and will satisfy the needs of both the amateur and would-be professional cidermaker.

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122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book 8 July 2006
Format:Paperback
I wrote the review below four years ago, but nothing's changed other than I still refer to the book and I still make good cider. Well worth buying

Real cidermaking is an excellent book for a newcomer to cider making. I bought it last year and followed what it said, and this year we are drinking lovely dry sparkling cider from our two apple trees. It was our first time ever trying to make cider, and the results are truly fantastic.

It is very much geared to the home cider maker who has tree with a lot of apples and wants to use them.

It usefully tells you why you should do something - eg sterilising properly - and what happens when you don't. This type of approach ensures that you don't cut corners because you know the consequences of doing so.

By and large the book is clear but I found that because you are making cider from real apples, and not using a kit, it pays to read it several times before trying to make cider. We found that for two trees-worth of apples, it took us a whole day just to press the apples, so it's not something you can do in an afternoon - you need to plan ahead.

It also has a useful diagram of how to make a cider press, which I intend to follow this year.

I recommend this book whole heartedly, and I would also recommend that anyone attempting to make cider should try to get two presses, as this is the time consuming part. 2011 update: two presses is a good investment as this really speeds the process up.

The book mentions pounding up apples in a bucket (much to the annoyance, it seems, of another reviewer), but we were lucky enough to borrow a scratter and this does make pulping the apples much easier. That said, scratters aren't cheap - around 200 or so. I recommend trying to borrow and press and scratter if you are making the first time.

But back to the book - it's a great guide.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have been making approx 20 gallons per year of cider for the last three years,using only windfall cookers, eaters and crabs. I have produced superb cider with virtually no waste. This is entirely thanks to this book.
I always keep this book to hand, as a reference, whether pressing, fermenting,racking or bottling.
This book is the perfect balance between craft and science. Crushing apples with a timber post in a bucket, is not as suggested elsewhere, a hippy style communal event- but is in fact an entirely practical (and cheap) method of preparing apples for pressing.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone contemplating making their own cider. In fact I would not recommend starting without it
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 12 Jan 2009
By SusanB
Format:Paperback
We bought this book 18 months ago, but I am such a fan that I thought it worth coming back to Amazon to tell others how useful it is.
It is very straightforward and clearly explains exactly what you need to do to achieve the results you are looking for. It has enough background information - on the essentials of the fermentation process for instance - to let you understand why things such as sterilisation are important without overloading you with too much science. I have been surprised by how often I have seen this book in other households. I heartily recommend it.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get brewing... 6 May 2003
By Steve T
Format:Paperback
The book was great, it provides all the details you'd need to make your own cider as a complete beginner. From making your own apple press through to possible problems with brewing and storing, everthing needed to get brewing your own is there. I was drinking my first 11% ABV within 2 months.
It's a practical guide obviously written by someone who appreciates the reasons why you'd want to brew your own booze!!!
If you want to get into cider brewing this is a very good start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 27 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book to guide me through my first experiences of cidermaking and it did just that. Ok, so the photos are a little dated, but what of it? So am I! The balance of quality information without being over-technical was just right and yesterday I finished my last bottle from my 2007 batch. Today, I have bottled over 80 bottles from my 2008 batch and am looking forward to them already. The book is accessible and as well as providing technical know-how, also provides some interesting anecdotes about cider making and its history. Well worth buying. Like cider itself, it is filled with apply goodness!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book on cider you should buy 9 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
If you want to learn how to make cider this is the first book you should buy. It is a concise practical guide to making cider. I still read this book regularly even though I have been making cider for quite some time. The book shows you how you can start making cider without a huge financial outlay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good guide 17 Jan 2011
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it was our first time in cider making so we bought number of books regarding the subject. this one was the best and we used it throughout the process of making our own first ever cider. easy explained, covers all aspects of cider making. we did it! so can you ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful 8 Dec 2010
By elaine
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An excellent guide to the art of cider making on a small scale. Really useful info on the different methods you can use to produce your own individual variety of cider. plans for a cider press included too. Troubleshooting section is clearly written as is the whole book. Easy to understand instructions with diagrams. A valuable guide for beginners and a useful reference for the more experienced cider maker.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Cider Making on a Small Scale
just setting up home brew cider equipment, this book is compact very imformative and a must for brewers just starting out and it is for english market
Published 9 hours ago by pike
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as I expected
I didn't find this book as helpful as I had hoped. It goes into the history of cidermaking quite a lot but not enough of the simple practical way to produce it for me.
Published 2 months ago by HookedonAmazon
4.0 out of 5 stars review
a very helpful little book full of encouragement for making cider and easy to read and follow. would recommend this if thinking of making cider
Published 3 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars much apprecated gift
I bought this for my boyfriend as he loves cider. It was much appreciated as it goes into good detail on a lot of related topics and offers good practical advice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by annette lucas
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Useful but a bit wordy. Could have benefited from better editing. There must be a simpler guide for the novice.
Published 3 months ago by David Fall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a present for my brotherly. He found it very in formative, and it's helped him a lot to start his home brew.
Published 3 months ago by rachael beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, Great read, a must have.
A very informative Book, great read & a must have to keep to hand on the book shelf, worth purchasing.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Fitch
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
real helpful book to make cider and a social history of the cider making process looking forward to drinking the results
Published 4 months ago by sandra rowley
5.0 out of 5 stars The easy way.
I had been homebrewing wine for years but with the cost of commercial cider being ever higher and so many apples seeming to go to waste on the hedgerows i thought i would give it a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Jc Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present.
Bought as a present but well received. pleased to say I still get the ocasional bottle of cider from the recipient.
Published 5 months ago by Mick Morpeth
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