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homemade apple cider

Home Made Paleo Hard Cider

This is an easy at-home cider recipe. Although not strictly paleo, it's a good alternative to traditional beer.

Course Beverages, Drinks
Cuisine Paleo
Keyword alcohol, cider
Total Time 30 days
Servings 40
Calories 221 kcal


  • 5 gallons Apple juice (You can get this at farmers markets or grocery stores, ideally organic and locally sourced)
  • 1 packet Champagne yeast (You can find this at any home brew shop.)


  1. Sanitize your carboy. - Use home brew sanitizer which is food safe , which you can pick up from any home brew shop. A carboy is the vessel in which your apple juice turns to hard cider. I use a glass carboy so tastes can’t transfer. They are a bigger pain to clean out but I think they’re worth the investment.
  2. Pour in your five gallons of apple juice. - Invest in a funnel. Trust me – I make all my hard cider in my bathtub for easy clean up.
  3. Pitch your yeast. - This is the brewer’s term for pouring a packet of yeast into a carboy filled with liquid.
  4. Add your airlock. - An airlock is a little dohicky on top of the carboy, which allows carbon monoxide (pressure) to leave the carboy, but which also acts as a barrier so that outside contaminants don’t get into your hard cider.
  5. Relax. - Store your carboy in a cool, dark place, like a basement, laundry room or guest room.
  6. Keep an eye on your carboy and it should be ready to keg or bottle in about a month.
Nutrition Facts
Home Made Paleo Hard Cider
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 25g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.