ISBN: 9781603584739 Year Added to Catalog: 2013 Book Format: Hardcover, PLC Book Art: Full-Color Throughout Dimensions: 8 x 10 Number of Pages: 352 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Release Date: September 17, 2013 Web Product ID: 755
"Claude Jolicoeur's New Cider Maker's Handbook is an invaluable resource for the serious home cider maker. However, serious professionals will also find a lot of great reference material, especially the sections devoted to apple varieties."
—Mike Beck, President of the United States Association of Cider Makers
"This is the book so many craft cider makers have been waiting for: at once comprehensive, detailed, and authoritative. Planting an orchard? There are guidelines and suggestions. Need a mill or a press? There are plans and instructions. Trying to grasp the process, or to know how to measure? It's there—sugar, acidity, pH, tannin, balance. Troubleshooting a problem? All the common shortcomings are covered. It really is 'orchard to bottle,' with both guidance and technical background all along the way."
—Dick Dunn, president, Rocky Mountain Cider Association
"J.M. Trowbridge wrote the first Cider Makers' Hand Book in 1890. This modern take on the apple fermenter's art picks up the trail anew. Claude Jolicoeur makes exceptional cider doable for even a guy like me. Balancing the acids and sugars of righteous juice lies at the heart of the method. Pour your friends the 'nectar of the gods' from here on in when next you pop a cork."
—Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard
"Based on Claude Jolicoeur's 25 years experience in craft cider making, The New Cider Maker's Handbook combines the author's personal perspectives with solidly researched information from cider makers worldwide, to create a manual which is both practical and inspirational. Some of the detail, for instance on press design, alcohol measurement, and naturally sweet and ice ciders is simply unavailable elsewhere. The focus on North American apple varieties and conditions will be welcomed by many, but this book is invaluable to hobbyists and small commercial cider makers no matter where they live. A worthy addition to the modern cider literature."
—Andrew Lea, food scientist and author of Craft Cider Making
"We wish we'd had this book when we were starting out. Cider making is an art, of course, but it's also very much a science, and Claude shows he is among the leading experts in both aspects. The New Cider Maker's Handbook is a practical, approachable, well-organized, extensively researched guide to cider making, from apple selection to pressing to fermentation and beyond. As experienced cider makers, we find it essential, but it's excellent for beginners as well. As craft cider grows in popularity and stature throughout the U.S. and Canada, we expect Claude's book to become North America's preeminent cider reference."
—Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli, co-owners, Tilted Shed Ciderworks, Sonoma County, CA
"Have you ever tasted a true farmhouse cider, full-bodied and richly flavored, or finished a meal with a sweet ice cider? Then you know the astonishing range of this once nearly forgotten drink. Whether you're a hobbyist interested in learning about fruit selection, or a commercial producer looking for better quality and consistency, this is your book. Claude Jolicoeur informs every page of his hands-on, comprehensive guide with 25 years of research and experience. For anyone who aspires to make the finest quality fermented cider, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is as indispensable as an apple press."
—David Buchanan, author of Taste, Memory
"Claude Jolicoeur is a true student of the art and science of cider. From clear, concise discussions of the technical aspects of cider making, to the selection of proper cider apples, this is a treatise for all time. The text is straightforward, and can be an excellent guide to novice cider makers, but it is endowed with a wealth of information that will benefit ciderists at all levels of the craft. I only wish this book had been available when I first began making cider."
—Chuck Shelton, ciderist, Albemarle CiderWorks, North Garden, VA
"Over the years Claude has been inspiring—and challenging—his friends and acquaintances, including me, to make better cider. He approaches cider making and life with an analytical mind, a keen intellect and a wry sense of humor. That all comes through in The New Cider Maker's Handbook. Designed for experienced cider makers as well as for serious beginners, it's a gold mine for everyone who'd like to make good cider. It's packed with excellent, detailed explanations and information. It is well organized and clearly written. What an excellent contribution to the cider library."
—John Bunker, apple historian and author of Not Far from the Tree