Cider & Beer
Articles and FAQs about Cider & Beer and how to make them.
Does beer have a shelf life?
Most beer has a shelf life, but this depends on the type of beer, the alcohol content, amount of hops adde...
Why is there a layer of sediment at the bottom of each of my bottles?
This is normal. What you are seeing is natural yeast sediment which has settled to the bottom of the bottl...
The airlock has stopped bubbling before 7 days is up, is something wrong?
Sometimes fermentation can finish in as little as a few days which is more likely when at higher temperatur...
My house is warmer than the recommended fermentation temperature. What do I do?
You should find the coolest spot in your house, dry and away from direct sunlight. A cupboard or pantry may...
How do I measure the alcohol percentage of my beer?
If you want to know the alcohol percentage of your beer, take an SG reading using your hydrometer before fe...
Sugar, carbonation and measuring it all
To carbonate your beer, cider or ginger beer, you can use sugar or carbonation drops. Depending on which ki...
What should my starting and finishing gravities be?
If you have a hydrometer and are able to check your gravities and would like to know what you're looking fo...
I am missing the fruit essence in my cider kit, what can I do?
The fruit essence isn't sold separately so the cider will need to be made without it, it will just taste a ...
I already have a fermenter, can I use that to make my Ginger Beer?
You absolutely can use your own fermenter, however, having too much free oxygen in the top of your fermente...
Can the sweetness of my cider be changed?
Yes, you can adjust this for a sweet or dry cider. Using all of the sweetener sachet will give you a sweet...
How long does it take to make a batch of Mad Millie cider?
The cider can initially be made in less than an hour, then it needs 1 week in the fermenter, and 2 weeks in...
What kind of sweetener is used in the cider kits?
The sweetener used in Mad Millie ciders is acesulfame potassium.
I accidentally added the cider flavouring at the same time as the yeast and sweetener.
This is absolutely fine! Your brew won't have as strong an aroma and flavour, however, it will still be tasty.