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Ciders run a higher risk of infection from bacteria and more commonly a wild yeast. This is why everything the cider must touches needs to be sanitized with a product like starsan. Brewing beer has the advantage of a boil and hop antimicrobial properties. But once the wort begins to chill it's vulnerable to infections, just not as much as a cider must. ...


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I don't think so, especially given that cider and beer brewing are substantially the same. I've brewed over 50 batches of beer using standard sanitation without ever having a batch contaminated. I've also brewed one batch of cider. I'm not a clean freak -- my method seems similar to the one you described. I just wash out the carboy and tubing with either ...



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