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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need to make cider?, 16 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The New Cider Maker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers (Hardcover)
I have just been reading this book and thought it warranted a review. It is probably the best single book on cider making cover all aspects in a thorough sound engineering based approack.

About the author: Claude is a mechanical engineer and has been making cider for nearly 40 years. He brings an engineering/scientific approach to the subject of cider making but does not forget that there is art involved as well!

His book is divided into 5 main parts:

The basics of cider making
As it says here he covers the basics of what cider is and how to make it

Growing the apples
Very good information on planning an orchard, descriptions and analysis of various apple varieties. Why a cider apple is different to a desert apple!

Extracting the juice
Very good engineering information on the design and construction of apple mills (scratters etc.) and presses. He even includes tables concerned with the strength of materials used in press design!

Whats in the juice
Here he talks about the chemistry of the juice: Sugars, Acidity, Tannins, Nitrogen, Pectin and why they are all so important. I did not realise that Sorbitol (used as an artificial sweetner) occurs naturally in some apples and pears and is a non-fermentable sweetner!

Fermentation and beyond
From fermentation, through to blending, sweetening and how to ferment a naturally sweet cider – the keeving process. Also he looks at problems that the cider maker encounters and what can de done.

This is an excellent book and aims to take you from an empty piece of land through to enjoying your own craft cider. Ok that will take a few years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Cider Maker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers, 20 July 2014
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Really love it beautiful book lovely pictures great advice, covers every detail of cider making, nice to refer to and read again again
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for the budding cider maker, 14 Dec. 2014
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Informative. A good book for the budding cider maker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, good supplier., 18 May 2015
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Just as described, nice book, reasonable detail and a good overview.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 20 Feb. 2015
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Nice and usefull book.
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