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Thread: Cider legal to make in a brewery?

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    Cider legal to make in a brewery?

    Can a licensed brewery legally make cider? I seem to recall a similar discussion about mead requiring a certain amount of malt content to qualify...

    Thanks!

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    From my experiences of "theoretically" making cider with a brewing licesne is that it has to be 51% malt based otherwise depending on the state cider falls into either a beverage manufacturers license or a wine license.
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    Mike Roy
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    Due to the large brewers making alco-pops I belive the Feds formula is 20% of fermentables -OG- has to come from malt. Also 1pnd of hops per 100bbls to be called beer. Remember each state may say different too.
    Operations Director, Tin Roof BC
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    I have brewed "meade" since 1993. The reg. is: 25% of fermentables from malt and 7.5 lbs. of hops per 100 bbls. The % is based on total poundage of fermentables used not lbs. of fermentables contributed i.e. 500 lbs. honey and malt extract combined, 125 lbs must be malt extract even though the malt contributes more fermentables per lb.
    Cheers & I'm out!
    David R. Pierce
    NABC & Bank Street Brewhouse
    POB 343
    New Albany, IN 47151

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