Author(s): Bill Bradshaw
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in cider around the world, with breweries having invested millions to meet growing demand. At the same time many people now want to try to make their own cider, and the Cider Manual is here to help. After providing a general background to the world of cider, this manual, compiled by a passionate author, will take the reader step-by-step through the entire process, from growing apple trees through to cider making for pleasure and profit.
Bill Bradshaw is a freelance photographer and writer. He started photographing cider in 2004 as part of a documentary project. Now he travels internationally exploring cider cultures all over the world, he blogs at IAMCIDER.blogspot.com, and he judges at cider competitions, including the oldest and largest in the world (at the Royal Bath & West Show). He lives in Somerset, in the heart of cider-making country.
Origins of cider and a history of apples. The types of cider and cider derivatives. The cider-making process. The traditional approach. The modern approach. A smallholder's method. Common faults and problems. Advanced techniques. Rules and regulations of selling to the public. Cider as an ingredient in cooking. The cider maker's year.