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Interviewing cidermakers, importers, orchardists, foodies, farmers and cider enthusiasts around the world. Let’s delve into the semantics of cider…or is it hard cider, cidre, sidra or fermented apple juice? The truth is out there in Ciderville and we are going to find it. We toast in celebration of cider; As a libation, a gift from the gods, a taste of terroir, and a hard pressed good time. Ready to quench your thirst? Grab a glass and join this chat! See you in Ciderville!

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Interviewing cidermakers, importers, orchardists, foodies, farmers and cider enthusiasts around the world. Let’s delve into the semantics of cider…or is it hard cider, cidre, sidra or fermented apple juice? The truth is out there in Ciderville and we are going to find it. We toast in celebration of cider; As a libation, a gift from the gods, a taste of terroir, and a hard pressed good time. Ready to quench your thirst? Grab a glass and join this chat! See you in Ciderville!

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Episodes

402: Michigan's Simply, Spectacular PIF Cider

2/28/2024
Meet the Founders of Presque Isle Farm Cider a.k.a PIF Molly and Dion Stepanski are the founders of of PIF Cider with an inviting Tasting Room located in Alpena, Michigan. They met in New Orleans where Dion was working as a Jazz muscian and Molly in a store. In 2014 they move to farm vegetables at Dion’s family farm in Posen, MI. There they planted a one acre orchard which Dion describes as high density, but not trellised. They sources their apples from Michigan’s TraverseCity area which is to the west of Alpena. From the outset they wanted to make English Style Ciders and by all accounts they are hitting this target straight out producing delectable ciders that please the palate and made this cider podcast host swoon with delight. In this Cider Chat with PIF Producers PIF Cider Tasted FarmhouseKingston Black and BulmersSingle Varietal Spitzenberg 2021Golden Russet, HarrisonBulmers Norman and Coxs Orange PippinFarmhouse Contact info for Presque Island Farm Cider Website:https://pifcider.com/PIF Tasting Room address:205 W. Chisholm St. Alpena, MichiganTaproom Telephonetele: 01-989.340.0970Instagram:@pifcider Mentions in this Cider Chat New York International Cider Competition 2024French Cider Tour 2024Episode 337

Duration:01:03:59

401: Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy Cider Pairing Tips

2/21/2024
Chef Duffy Talks Cooking with Cider Chef Brian Duffy is one of the culinary’s industry’s most dynamic and innovative personalities. With a career that spans decades, He has been captivating audiences with his infectious passion for food and his unique approach to the culinary arts. He is well known for his appearances on the tv and the series “Bar Rescue,” where Chef Duffy helped transform struggling bars, offering expert advice and renovations to revitalize their business and create successful, thriving establishments. In this episode of Cider Chat we are tapping into Chef’s contemplative side and getting his thoughts on the both cooking with cider and pairing cider with food. In this Cider Chat with Chef Brian Duffy We taste through 4 ciders Fishback Stephenson Cider HouseBotanist and Barrel Artifact Cider ProjectWildCraft Cider WorksGreen Bench Brewery and Mead & Cider Topics in this Cider Chat Contact Chef Brian Duffy Website:ChefBrianDuffy.comInstagram:@chefbriduffDuffied Live podcast Mentions in this Cider Chat Bar & Restaurant ExpoChefDuffy50035: Danielle von Scheiner | Big Apple Hard Cider, NYC

Duration:01:03:13

400: To Ciderville With Love

2/14/2024
A Special Valentine to Ciderville with Love This episode is a special valentine to Ciderville with a little bit of help from the Talking Pommes and an eventful appearance by The Nose! We are in the Cider House reviewing the last year and have written a special card to everyone out there in your special spot in Ciderville. In this episode we say good bye to Season 8 while reviewing the uniques of cider, what we all need to do to keep relationships in Ciderville healthy, and how to help keep cider going up a.k.a #ciderGoingUP. Mentions in This Cider Chat Season 8 of Cider Chat@cidersomsWork with Cider ChatFrench Cider TourSend Cider to Cider ChatSupport Cider ChatCider Chat Swag Store

Duration:00:44:05

399: Sweden Embraces Non Alcoholic Ciders at Pomologik

2/7/2024
The Low ABV Cider Revolution in Sweden In Strängnäs Sweden, circa 2017, Johan Sjöstedt, Oskar Palm, and Patrik Svensk began selling ciders commercially under their brand Pomologik. They didn’t set out to make low alcohol cider nor even non alcoholic cider when they started, but a lot can change in a few short years. In this Cider Chat Nordic Craft Cider Festival Contact for Pomologik Website:https://www.pomologik.se/ Mentions in this Cider Chat New York International Cider Competition French Cider TourAmsterdam Cider SalonJonathan Mark

Duration:00:58:35

398: Cider in Florida? Visit Green Bench Brewing, Mead & Cider

1/31/2024
Saint Peterburg on Florida’s West Coast Welcomes Green Bench Green Bench can boast being a microbrewery, meadery, and cidery in a region where palm trees rule! Despite that small inconvenience of no apples trees to speak of growing in Florida, maker Brian Wing has been rolling out the cider barrels since 2015. Green Bench itself has been producing select beers beginning in 2013. In this Cider Chat with Maker Brian Wing Cider Tasted During this Interview Contact for Green Bench Brewing, Mead & Cider Websitehttps://www.greenbenchbrewing.com/mead-cider Mentions in this Cider Chat French Cider Tour 2024

Duration:01:04:26

397: Nature Evolves in the Glass | Wildcraft Cider Works, OR

1/24/2024
Fermentations Run without Fear at Wildcraft Sean Kelly founded Wildcraft Cider Works in 2014. His journey to cider making began in 2008. It follows his botanicals passion, quest for tree resources & conservation, in concert with travels to Latin America where he learned how to ferment. He honors the preservation and the medicinal value of the plants and does a mighty fine job of capturing the essence of a wide variety of pomes, grapes and botanicals in the glass. Cider Making at Wildcraft Cider’s Tasted in this Cider Chat Wildcraft Products POM-MISTELLE Hot Sauce Annual Events at Wildcraft Mentioned in this Cider Chat Freeman Rowe

Duration:01:17:50

396: PDX Audio Clips | CiderCon 2024

1/17/2024
Pre-conference PDX Audio Clips This Cider Chat Live features clips from CiderCon 2024 which took place in Portland, Oregon. What was particularly unique about this year was the ice storm that took place. Pictured below is a car driven from the border of Oregon and California to PDX. It is incased in ice and is a testament of just how ferocious the storm was. Despite the ice, the cider kept pouring. Enjoy this Cider Chat Live Ander's car and its Ice Cap when he arrived at the main hotel

Duration:00:41:08

395: PDX Tips for CiderCon 2024

1/10/2024
Bookmark this episode for loads of Portland Oregon a.k.a. PDX Tips Oregon Cider Week and CiderCon 2024 are all converging in PDX and this episodes has all the tips you need arrive and hit the ground running. Portland resident Sean Connolly, who is also known as Cider Experience on Instragram and Facebook has delivered big time with tons of tips and insider knowlege to help everyone feel like a local. In this Cider Chat on PDX Tips Temperature What to wear PDX Tips to look like a local: Loose the umbrella and let your hair get wet! When using an umbrella, it is obvious you are from out of town! TransportationTrimet.org Driving: Parking Kitty Bicycles for Rent in PDXhttps://biketownpdx.com/ PDX Tips for purchases: There is no Sales Taxes in Oregon Restaurants near CiderCon Grocery stores KaraokeAmbassador PDX Bar and Lounge Alibi PDXThe Baby Ketten Club PDX Tips: The city is Food Trucks heaven – Look for “Food Cart Pods” via Travel Portland ‘s online food cart finder Cider Cider Locations closest to Hyatt and Oregon Convention Center Schilling Cider HouseSpirit of 777Pizza Thief 437 NE Lloyd Blvd Portland, OR 97232The Place PDX In Pearl District on west side of river Cider BitePortland Cider Company Swift Cider Bring Cider or Beer HomeThe Place PDXJohn’s MarketplaceMcMenamins New Seasons Market Sean’s PDX Tips for Fun in Portland HopscotchMcMenamimsMcMenamims Soaking Pool Common Ground Wellness Center PDX Tips for Cannabis: Oregon Legalized Cannabis in 2015. There are 5 dispensaries around the hotel conference center. Look up: WhatsLegalOregon.com Mentions in this Cider Chat CiderCon 2024Artisans by Cider SummitOregon Cider WeekTotally Cider Tours wait list

Duration:00:50:32

394: Cider Notes Heading Into 2024

1/3/2024
It’s time to make your Cider Notes for 2024 The list of cider notes can be quiet long, but in this episode we are going to make it doable and easy for you. In this Cider Chat on Cider Notes Botanist and BarrelBerkshire Cider ProjectEpisode 393 Past Cider Making Episodes 381 DIY Cider Making for Beginners382 Beginner Tips for Squeaky Clean Cider Equipment384 Beginner Cider Making Tips forPrimary Fermentation386: Managing Cider’s Secondary Fermentation – DIY Tips Equipment needed for Cider’s Secondary Ferment Find a complete list with links to purchase at the Cider Making Equipment page at ciderchat.com Mentions in this Cider Chat 363: Exploring Cider Using 33 Books Flavor WheelSean Connolly Cider ExperienceCider Chat YouTube Channel

Duration:00:41:54

393: How to Wassail & Drink Hail

12/27/2023
What does Wassail & Drink Hail mean? In this episode learn about meaning behind Wassail and Drink Hail from the Butler himself, Al Sax. A Wassail is a celebration of the orchards, most typically apple orchards to honor the natural world and pay tribute with hopes of an abundant fruiting season moving forward. A Wassail is also a cheer When time of year to Wassail? Historically a Wassail would be held on the 6th of January or what is known as the Twelfth Night. Or on the 17th of January which is called “Old Twelvey” In these modern times a Wassail can take place when it is most appropriate considering the weather and outside temperatures. There is no strict protocols, but rather traditions that when followed harken us all back to our ancestral roots and pagan ways. Where do Wassails take place? In the orchard surrounding a large fire, a fire circle and in some places 12 small rings of fire for the 12 apostles or for the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Indoor Wassails are also doable for those who can’t go outside during -6 degree temperatures. Thus, a Wassail can take place at a Senior Center or a Day Care with songs being sung around a plant or small tree. How to Make a Torch for Wassailing The end goal is all the same, to sing to the orchard, the apple tree(s), to ward off the apple foes and to harken in better times ahead. How to Plan for your own Wassail A two handled cup or goblet is the classic Wassail cup that would be passed round, but these days any fine drinking cup would do sans the passing around. Wassail and Drink Hail around the world www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house-and-park/recipes/petworths-traditional-wassail Mentions in this Cider Chat 072: Lost Apple of the Quabbin |MassachusettsJanuary 5, 2024 Wassail at Botanist and Barrel Cidery and Winery115 Persimmon Hill Ln, Cedar Grove, NC 27231-8807, United StatesEpisode 390

Duration:00:45:16

392: Bent Ladder Estate Ciders & Wine | Ohio

12/20/2023
The Vodraska Brothers Chris & Matt of Bent Ladder In the midst of a rich farming legacy emerged Bent Ladder Cider and Wine, based in Doylestown Ohio. Chris and younger brother Matt Vodraska are following in their father Dale’s footsteps. Chris is the orchardist and viticulturist and Matt is the cidermaker. The farm is the story. Dating back to 1995 their father Dale was eyeing farmland that was by all accounts destine for development. In 2004, he “finally wore down the seller” as his sons put it and bought the 128 acre farm. Today there are 3-4 acres of vineyards and 30-40 acres of orchards. The site hosts both the Bent Ladder production area and stunning tasting room and Rittman Orchards & Farm Market. In the Cider Chat with Chris and Matt Contact Bent Ladder Websitehttps://bentladder.com/Rittman Orchard & Farm Store:https://rittmanorchards.com/https://rittmanorchards.com/apple-chart/ Mentions in this Cider Chat Dawes ArboretumDr. Diane MillerCiderCon 2024Artisans by Cider SummitOregon Cider WeekTotally Cider Tours wait list

Duration:00:58:58

391: Test Winters & Climate w/Saint Lawrence Nurseries (NY) Founder

12/13/2023
Saint Lawrence Nurseries is a specialized tree nursery in New York state, renowned for its expertise in cold-hardy fruit and nut trees with a committment to sustainable and organic practices. The nursery, which was originally founded in the 1920s by Fred L. Ashworth of Heuvelton, NY, was initially more of a hobby and experimental station for Ashworth. Bill MacKentley met Fred in 1971 and they developed a strong, almost familial relationship. After Fred’s death in 1977, Bill and his wife Diana purchased the land in Potsdam, NY, where Fred had done much of his grafting and breeding. In 1981, they produced the first official St. Lawrence Nurseries catalog. For 34 years, the MacKentleys cultivated Saint Lawrence Nurseries into a unique and well-loved business, carrying on Fred Ashworth’s passion for growing and propagating fruits and nuts suitable for northern climates. The MacKentley, were planning their retirement and phasing out their business around 2015. Connor Hardiman who began working at Saint Lawrence Nurseries years earlier stepped in to take over rather than allowing the nursery to close. He and his wife Alyssa are the new stewards of Saint Lawrence Nurseries and are helping to herald in a new era for the Nurseries. Do note that many refer to Saint Lawrence Nurseries as SLN. The Ups and Downs of Climate and Test Winters Citing from a Cornell University study for 1981, that stated the the the previous 40 years had been the best years of agriculture (good weather patterns) in the world. Of particular note is that moving forward from 81 onward, one can now expect that the climate was returning to normal. Note that this was serval years before climate change was being discussed to the degree that it is today. Says Bill, “We have got to get our act together [in regards to climate change]. Who is Fred L. Ashworth Born in 1898, Ashworth studied the trees that survived the 1938 kill off of apples and studied them very closely. He began the nursery in the 1920s. He also worked with nut trees, potatoes and inspired Bill’s career at Saint Lawrence Nurseries. Role Models in Research https://www.soilfoodweb.com/https://paulstamets.com/https://soillearningcenter.com/expert/christine-jones/ Contact Saint Lawrence Nurseries Connor Hardiman is now the steward of the Nurseries. Find his contact below and reach out to Connor to contact Bill. Website:https://www.slngrow.com/Address: 325 Rt 345, Potsdam, NY 13676eMail:trees@slngrow.com Mentions in this Cider Chat CiderCon 2024Artisans by Cider SummitOregon Cider WeekTotally Cider Tours wait list

Duration:00:46:45

390: Renaissance Orchards Keeved & French Style Ciders | WA

12/6/2023
Meet Chris Rylands of Renaissance Orchards First there was Cider Supply and then Chris founded Renaissance Orchards with his wife Melinda. This move was a natural progression of a series of events that include resources needed for making a keeved cider and the thirst for a particular style of cider. The orchards and the Rylands are based in Ferndale a town just south of the Canadian border in Washington state. In this Cider Chat with Chris of Renaissance Spotlight on Single Varietal Ciders Hear how Chris dug into 16 cider specific apples to understand the best blending practices for cidermaking. Each label shows: Contact for Renaissance Orchards Websitehttps://renaissanceorchards.com/ Mentions in this Cider Chat CiderCon 2024Artisans by Cider SummitOregon Cider WeekTotally Cider Tours wait list

Duration:01:10:21

389: Epic 7-Volume Compendium on North American Apples w/Daniel Bussey

11/29/2023
Author Daniel J. Bussey's "The Illustrated History to Apples in the United States and Canada" The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada is a seven-volume set of books that documents the history of apples in North America written by Daniel J. Bussey. The book was edited by Kent Whealy and published in 2016 by JAK KAW Press LLC. The set covers over 16,000 apple varieties, including nearly 10,000 synonyms and 1,400 watercolor paintings. Each volume is between 500 and 600 pages long and weighs 32 pounds (14.515 kg). In 2018 this compendium received the Literary Award by the Council of Botanical and Horticultural libraries. Dan was inspired by Fred Lape’s book Apples and Man. Another key literature source was John Ashton Warner’s American Pomology (1867). The bibliography with line drawings of apples resulted in developing links with a network of book dealers and a rather exhaustive delving into historic documents, that predated the internet, right across the USA in the archives of fruit and horticulture societies. In this Chat with Dan Bussey Contact Daniel J. Bussey Go to the contact page for JAK KAW Press https://www.jakkawpress.com/order Mention in this Cider Chat New England Botanical Orchard at Tower HillCiderCon 2024Artisans by Cider SummitOregon Cider WeekTotally Cider Tours wait listhttps://ciderchat.com/podcast/338french1/https://ciderchat.com/podcast/339bustour2/

Duration:01:00:22

388: French Origins of American Apples | The Grand-Mères

11/22/2023
Discover the Apple Grand-mères/Grandmothers of North America Todd Little-Siebold (Ph.D.) spoke at New York Apple Camp (2023) on a presentation titled the "Three Grandmothers" or Grand-mères in French. The sub title is "We have to reframe how we think about the origins of American Apple". Todd is a professor of history and Latin American studies at the College of the Atlantic based in Bar Harbor Maine. As such this presentation is academic in nature and inspires both present day pomologist and apple fans of today and tomorrow to continue to trace the ancestral roots of the apple. Enjoy this exploration in to the continuing research behind the origins of apples. The “French” Grandmothers or Grand-mère Understand (French) history to understand American Apples This research requires looking at genetics and early settlement of French explores long before any English explorers showed up on North America. Additional topics covered in this presentation: Contact Todd Little-Seibold eMailmailto:tlittle-siebold@coa.eduWebsitehttps://www.coa.edu/live/profiles/1136-todd-little-siebold/templates/details/faculty.php Mentions in this Cider Chat http://www.cidersummitnw.com/artisans

Duration:00:51:11

387: American Cider Association CEO & CiderCon 2024

11/15/2023
Catching up with Michelle McGrath CEO of the ACA CiderCon 2024 takes place in Portland, Oregon, making it the perfect time to chat with the American Cider Association's CEO Michelle McGrath. The Northwest Cider Association is also involved helping with the cider tours on Monday and Tuesday and Oregon Cider Week! CiderCon 2024 Learning Tracks at CiderCon International Guest at CiderCon Contact info for American Cider Association and CEO https://ciderassociation.org/CiderCon 2024https://ciderassociation.org/cidercon2024/2024-tours/Oregon Cider Week

Duration:00:57:15

386: Managing Cider's Secondary Fermentation - DIY Tips

11/8/2023
The Purpose of Secondary Fermentation when Making Cider Improve the overall quality and characteristics of the final product during secondary fermentation by; ClarificationStabilizationReduction of Sediment in BottlesRisk Reduction Secondary fermentation is a crucial step for refining cider, enhancing its clarity, taste, and stability before it is consumed or sold. Past Cider Making Episodes 381 DIY Cider Making for Beginners382 Beginner Tips for Squeaky Clean Cider Equipment384 Beginner Cider Making Tips forPrimary Fermentation Equipment needed for Cider’s Secondary Ferment Find a complete list with links to purchase at the Cider Making Equipment page at ciderchat.com Determining when Secondary Fermentation Begins Completion of Active Primary FermentationGravity ReadingsVisual CluesTaste TestTimeframe GuidanceAvoiding Off-FlavorsSpecific Style GoalsEquipment Availability Common Problems during Secondary Ferment Stalled FermentationExcessive OxidationContaminationSulfite BurnInsufficient CarbonationSediment in BottlesUnexpected Flavor ChangesPressure Build-up in ContainersCider Becomes Too Dry Mentions in this Cider Chat CiderCon 2024Ross Cider and Perry CompanyciderGoingUp Campaign

Duration:00:38:49

385: Cider's Ki | Bravery, Wisdom, Love & Friendship

11/1/2023
Who knew that Ki , as it is related to the Japanese martial art Aikido, would make into a Cider Chat! It all began when four words "Bravey, Wisdom, Love and Friendship" were spoken at New York Apple Camp in the summer of 2023. Apple Historian, author and well known apple dectective John Bunker was the key note speaker at camp who also happened to have a book all about Aikido. He had found those four inspiring words in a book titled "The Art of Peace'. The book was written by Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, and was translated into English by John Stevens who was a student of the Founder. The Founder , or Ōsensei as he was lovingly spoken often of Ki and its power. In short it is a universal life force that is present in all of us and all living things, including apple trees, orchards and cider. The book was written by Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, and was translated into English by John Stevens who was a student of the Founder. The Founder , or Ōsensei as he was lovingly spoken often of Ki and its power. In short it is a universal life force that is present in all of us and all living things, including apple trees, orchards and cider. American Homebrewers Association’s

Duration:00:42:44

384: Beginner Cider-Making Tips for Primary Fermentation

10/25/2023
The process where fresh pressed apple juice is transformed into a delightful alcoholic beverage (cider) happens during primary fermentation. Before we get into the steps here is a list of Equipment and Ingredients you will need for this stage of cidermaking. metabisulfitepH test strips Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. Support Cider Chat at no extra cost to you! Simply click on this link to make your Amazon purchase, and Cider Chat will receive a small commission. Thank you for your support! Sanitization382: Beginner Tips for Squeaky Clean Cider EquipmentGot Juice?381: DIY Cider Making for Beginners Steps for Primary Fermentation Step 1: Start taking notes on your apple blend, make of list of the varieties, and all the steps below. Step 2: Testing and Adjusting: Measure the specific gravity of your juice using a hydrometer. This step is crucial as it allows you to calculate the potential alcohol content. A standard, fresh apple juice blend, without any additional sugars, usually has a specific gravity in the range of 1.045 to 1.055. This range can vary based on the apple varieties and ripeness, but for our example today, let’s work with an Original Gravity (OG) of 1.050. Calculating Potential Alcohol By Volume (ABV) Use this simple formula to estimate the potential ABV (Alcohol by Volume). The formula is: Potential ABV=(OG−FG)×131.25 Where FG is the Final Gravity, which for a completely fermented cider, typically falls around 1.000 to 1.010. For our example, let’s assume that all the sugars are fermented, giving us a FG of 1.000. Potential ABV=(1.050−1.000)×131.25 = 6.56% With an original specific gravity of 1.050 and complete fermentation, you can expect your cider to have an alcohol content of around 6.5%. Remember, these numbers are estimates, and the actual ABV can vary based on several factors including the specific yeast strain used, fermentation temperature, and the specific blend of apples. Always use a hydrometer to get the most accurate readings throughout your cider making process Step 3: Check the ph of your apple blend Step 4: Add metabisulfite if using a cultured yeast. (Skip this step if your are fermenting with a wild yeast.) Wait 24 hours after adding metabisulfite before moving to Step 5 Step 5: (optional) Add Pectic EnzymeAdd Yeast Nutrient Step 6: Pitch the Yeast Step 7: Airlock. Add water to airlock, put into bung hole and let primary fermentation begin! Duration of Primary Fermentation When using a cultured yeast, the primary ferment begins within 24 hours and typically last 1-2 weeks. When fermenting with wild yeast, the primary ferment may take longer and also last longer. The actual ferment may also appear less vigorous. Mentions in this Chat Mentions in this Chat CiderCon 2024 @degerdeneer

Duration:00:51:13

383: The Medlar Specialist & Her Delicious Medlar Book

10/18/2023
Meet the Medlar Specialist Jane Steward, is the world’s premier Medlar Specialist. She is both a Grower and Producer of medlar preserves at Eastgate Larder, based in the UK, and the Author of the first ever book featuring Medlars called, “Medlars: Growing & Cooking Jane Steward picking Medlars at Eastgate Larder In this Medlar Chat What is a Medlar (pome, what do they look like) and why should we care about Medlars?What do they taste like?Where do Medlars grow and where did they come from? Growing MedlarsWhen to pick the fruit?A bit about how Jane came to be a “Medlar Specialist" The Book: Medlar, Growing and Cooking by Jane Steward (2023) published by Prospect Books Cider Chat recommends supporting your local independent book stores. Jane's Medlar book is available on Amazon and by purchasing via this link Cider Chat does receive a kick back as an affiliate of Amazon at no further cost to you. Eastgate Larder Products Contact the Jane Steward, The Medlar Specialist Website: https://www.eastgatelarder.co.uk/ Mentions in this Chat Fermentishttps://nwcider.com/maphttps://www.uidaho.edu/cals/sandpoint-organic-agriculture-center/conference

Duration:01:00:28