Making Cider at Home with Ian Capps

Making Cider at Home with Ian Capps


In this workshop let by Stem Cidery’s Head Cider Maker Ian Capps, students will have the opportunity to learn a  brief history of American Hard Apple Cider, and will discuss apple varietals and characteristics and the difference between Heritage Cider and Modern Cider. Ian will demonstrate the operation of a small simple apple press and discuss turning apples into juice. Ian will review healthy fermentation protocols, yeast characteristics, and nutrient additions. Each  student will be provided a half gallon of juice as well as yeast and nutrients to add to their juice, and the workshop will wrap up exploring the finishing protocols for cider, with time left for questions and discussion.

As Head Cidermaker since October 2015, Ian Capps is charged with turning all the juice into all the cider. Hailing from Grand Junction, Colorado, and now a long-time Denver resident, Ian’s extensive and unique background in brewing, cider making, and distilling aligns beautifully with the traditional cider making processes we know and love. Having once made booze from a few ingredients in a trash bag while deployed on a U.S. submarine deep in the Persian Gulf, experimentation and trying crazy new things is what makes Ian’s cider making game best in class. When he’s not making cider, you’ll find him out on his bike, at a soccer match or enjoying some family time.

Date: Sunday, June 23
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Tent 1

Cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop are NOT REFUNDABLE, but may be transferable.

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