Q When should I actually blend the fruit/juice in preparing to make the cider?
A If you're using raw fruit, the blending could occur before grinding; if you're using juice, then could occur before fermentation or after fermentation.
Q Should I produce cider using fresh fruit I've purchased or using juice?
A Producing cider from fresh fruit will require you to purchase more equipment and spend the time and effort to crush and press the fruit, but it will give you more ...
Q I already produce other beverages... can I use that equipment to produce cider?
A That depends on the type of beverage you're producing. Ciders can be produced using some beermaking or winemaking equipment, though there are some differences in the production process, including the ...
Q If I'm purchasing apples; what type of contract should I look for with an apple supplier?
A Short-term or long-term seasonal contracts are possible; it depends on your strategy as a cidery over time.
Q What type of funding do I need to start a cidery?
A Typical startup cost is ~$190K as of 2012 for a cidery that is also pressing their own apples and operating a tasting room (Year 1 equipment costs).