Originally Posted by mojorader
My local cider mill is selling cider at $10/gal because of the bad harvest here in Michigan. The lady said I could stop in on the weekend and request some raw cider because they normally sell it with preservatives. I also found cider at walmart for $4.50/gal w/o preserves (and pasteurized) but its kinda looks pale as if its watered down.
My question is A) Is there any advantage/disadvantage using raw cider vs pasturized and B) is it worth spending $60 on 6 gal of fresh cider when I could either get some at walmart for less than half that or just do what I've done in the past and buy some juice for even cheaper?
I don't really mind spending the extra money but I want it to be worth it if I do. Thanks for all the help!!
Well, I've used both the cheap-o Walmart cider and the good stuff. Either will make hard cider.
But the taste of the "good stuff" is extraordinarily good! Just like when you drink it unfermented, the flavor of a good fresh cider is wonderful.