How to Hack a Cider Kit with Fresh Rhubarb

Rhubarb cider is a tangy and especially refreshing variation of cider. When fresh rhubarb is available, it’s easy to modify a cider kit for an extra layer of flavour.

You’ll need:

2.3 kg rhubarb stems, chopped

909 g white sugar (replaces the required kilogram of dextrose)

Apple Cider Kit – Mangrove Jack’s or Crafted

Straining bag

Basic equipment for a 23L batch of cider – Bosagrape’s Winemaking Starter Kit has everything you need


In a large bowl, toss rhubarb with sugar. Let sit overnight to macerate and draw out the rhubarb juices.

In a primary fermenter, dilute the cider concentrate as directed, but don’t add any dextrose.

Add the contents of the rhubarb bowl to the fermenter. Put the rhubarb pieces in a straining bag for easy removal.

Pitch yeast and let the cider ferment. After 1 week, remove the bag of rhubarb and squeeze it out.

Transfer the cider to a carboy to finish fermentation. It is okay to transfer sediment at this stage.

Continue with the instructions included in the kit.

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