By Claude Jolicoeur
All around the world, the public’s taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, many new cideries are springing up all over North America, often started up by passionate amateurs who want to take their cider to the next level as small-scale craft producers.
To make the very best cider – whether for yourself, your family and friends, or for market – you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved, and the art and science behind them. Fortunately, Claude Jolicoeur, and internationally known, award-winning cider maker with an inquiring, scientific mind, is here to help with The New Cider Maker’s Handbook. Jolicoeur combines the best of traditional knowledge and techniques with up-to-date, scientifically based practices to provide today’s cider makers with all the tools they need to produce high-quality ciders, including:
- An accessible overview of the cider-making process for beginners;
- Recommendations for selecting and growing cider-appropriate apples;
- Information of juice-extraction and directions on how to build your own grater mill and cider press;
- A discussion of the most important components of apple juice and how these may influence the quality of the cider; and,
- An examination of the fermentation process and a description of methods used to produce either dry or naturally sweet cider, still or sparkling cider, and even ice cider.
The New Cider Maker’s Handbook is for the serious amateur and professional cider makers who want to increase their knowledge, as well as for orchardists who want to grow cider apples for local or regional producers. Novices will also appreciate the overview of the cider-making process, and, as they develop skills and confidence, the in-depth technical information will serve as an invaluable reference that will be consulted again and again. This book is sure to become the definitive modern work on cider making.
Praise for The New Cider Maker’s Handbook
“Claude Jolicoeur’s The New Cider Maker’s Handbook is an invaluable resource for the serious home cider maker. However, serious professionals will also find a lot of great reference material.”
-Mike Beck, president, United States Association of Cider Makers
“The New Cider Maker’s Handbook combines the author’s personal perspectives with solidly researches information from cider makers worldwide to create a manual that is both practical and inspirational. A worthy addition to the modern cider literature.”
-Andrew Lea, author of Craft Cider Making
“This is the book so many craft cider makers have been waiting for: at once comprehensive, detailed, and authorities. It really is ‘orchard to bottle.’”
-Dick Dunn, president, Rocky Mountain Cider Association
“Claude Jolicoeur is a true student of the art and science of cider. From clear, concise discussions of the technical aspects of cider apples, this is a treatise for all time. I only wish the book had been available when I first began making cider.”
-Chuck Shelton, Albemarle CiderWorks