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Bob Larson Hard Cider School Pt 1
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Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: April 17, 2017

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With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. A rapidly growing hard cider industry in Washington continues to build upon itself. Washington State University just announced the hiring of food and fermentation specialist Bri Ewing at their Mount Vernon-based School of Food Science to teach hard cider production …

BRI EWING … “April 24th is the start of our first Cider School, well, my first Cider School. The Cider School has been here for probably over 10 years, but it will be my first time teaching it on my own. And, we’re teaching all the basics of production, chemistry, microbiology, laboratory techniques, tasting, all the basics of cider and cider making. And then, following that, on the following Saturday, April 29th, we’re holding a cider apple orcharding workshop. And so that will teach the basics of how to grow cider-specific apples.”

Ewing says the class is for beginner, the hobbiest, or anyone interested in creating hard cider …

BRI EWING … “I see a big mix of things. Some people have been making it on their own, just at home and want to maybe make it into a full-time production. Some people are doing this as a second career. There’s some people are working at cideries currently, but their employers will send them to learn some more of the fundamentals of cider making. There’s a big mix of people.”

You can learn more about the Cider School at cider.wsu.edu or through social media on twitter or facebook.

Listen tomorrow for more on the booming hard cider industry here in Washington state, the apple capital of the U.S.

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