AREC-46P (SPES-117P)

Authors as Published

Jarrad Farris, Research Assistant, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech; Greg Peck, Assistant Professor, Horticulture, Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center; Gordon Groover, Extension Economist, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, and reviewed by Sherif Sherif, Assistant Professor, Pomology, Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center

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This publication describes a set of associated budget spreadsheets that utilize a systematic means to assess the feasibility of growing specialty apple cultivars for sale to commercial hard cider producers.

Hard cider is a growing part of the alcoholic beverage industry. It is made by fermenting apple juice with yeast and typically has an alcohol content between 5 and 10 percent by volume. To make a premium hard apple cider product, commercial cider operations, called “cideries,” want apple cultivars with high tannin, high acid, and/or high sugar content. Few apple cultivars satisfy all of these characteristics, so cider makers often blend multiple cultivars to achieve a desired flavor profile.

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Publication Date

March 20, 2019