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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,589 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.

About the Author

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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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By E. Williams on 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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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By dct on 4 Nov. 2008
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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 By SusanB on 12 Jan. 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. G. Kay on 27 Dec. 2008
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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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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Steve T on 6 May 2003
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed French on 9 Dec. 2010
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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 By elaine on 8 Dec. 2010
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Born Barking on 13 April 2009
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Pretty good book.(although havn't actuallly made any cider yet..just watching blossoms at the mo.!!).
The approach seems pretty detailed in terms of what can go wrong and how to avoid it.
I don't think any otherbook could do it any better.. so... if you're spending a good bit of time trying to find same info for free on the net I reckon just save yourself the hassle and buy this book.. First 2 chapters are a bit waffely though...(I Think that's the hippy bit!!)..
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