Cider with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #263

by Brad Smith on August 22, 2022 · 0 comments

This week Michael Fairbrother joins me from Moonlight Meadery to talk about Cider which has become his top selling beverage.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (48:15)

  • This week I welcome back Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery to discuss cider making. Michael is the founder and head mead maker at Moonlight and also his new Over the Moon Farmstead.
  • We discuss Michael’s new farmstead location and on-site brewery.
  • Michael talks about how he got into cider making.
  • We talk about the variations of cider he is producting.
  • Michael explains the basics of cider making
  • We talk about apple varieties and their impact on flavor
  • Michael explains some of the challenges of making great cider
  • We discuss cider making on a commercial scale
  • Michael talks about using fruit in cider, backsweetening and using hops
  • He shares where to learn more about cider making
  • Michael provides his closing thoughts


Thanks to Michael Fairbrother for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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