Mr. Beer Archer’s Select Hard Cider Kit
At the same time as I purchased the Mr Beer Ultimate Kit, I also purchased the Archer’s Select Hard Cider Kit. I had no idea how a hard cider would turn out, so I opted for the medium kit, as opposed to the big-dog kit like I purchased for the Mr. Beer Beer kit. In hindsight, I regret not getting the Ultimate kit. For the money it’s a heck of a lot more brewing! The individual batches are about $20, apiece, and somehow it’s just easier for me to spend more on a big kit than drop $20 for a 2 gallon batch of beer….
This cool kit includes the materials to brew 2 batches of cider. The first is a traditional cider, and the second is a more interesting cider with additional fruit. The base kit is the same as the Archer’s Orchard kit, but for about $20 more you get a second batch to brew, a Brew-o meter, sugar measure, and funnel. I guess I should mention that the Archer’s Orchard kit (the basic kit) includes a Fermenter, a Traditional Cider Refill, 2 Pint Glasses, 8 Bottles with Caps, 8 Labels, & Instructions.
I will update the blog as I brew each batch of cider. If everything turns out well, I think I’ll end up buying the Ultimate kit later on. The 6 batches included with the kit just about make up for the price, and I have a feeling it’ll be nice to keep cider on hand for the non-beer drinkers. I guess we’ll see!
**Note that I may have things pictured that don’t come with the kit. My beer and cider kits came packaged together, and I think some of these items may have been for the beer kit. Easy solution, just buy both like I did!**