Originally Posted by JLamb
I have never made a cider but after checking out this part of the forum I have been inspired to try to make one. I have a question in regards to the juice needed to create a hard cider. Is it and option to juice any fruit and use it as the base for the cider rather than buying from concentrate?
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Hi. How do you mean "any" fruit? You mean any apple, or any fruit (like lemon, banana, apricot..?) Traditional cider is made from pressed apples, that's all there really is to it - use of any concentrates is just a shortcut and really not the best way, unless you just want a bit of practice. They just don't taste the same, and have had all kinds of things done to them.
You can make an alcoholic beverage out of just about any fruit you like, though most will not naturally have enough sugar in them to make a significant concentration of alcohol, and even with the addition of sugar, once it's fermented out there might not be much flavour to speak of.
If you are juicing "any fruit" (apple or otherwise), you need to be careful about sanitising, and if you mean using a home juicer, it is all too easy with those to get contaminants in the juice and end up with vinegar or worse. Also, home juicers are very inefficient - I worked out roughly that I could get 30% more juice by pressing...