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The Cidermaker's Toolkit is living, breathing, wiki page that is intended to capture the skills, tips, and links for all things related to running a professional cider business. This page will live on and thrive as long as the cider community participates. After you create an account, you can contribute essays and links to the wiki. The content will be vetted initially for accuracy but after five qualified submissions, you will be cleared for direct publishing access.

The toolkit was crafted with love by a hardworking and energetic team of cider people at the Northwest Cider Association. If you would like to donate or be a sponsor of the site, please contact us.

Apples & Orchard

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  • Apples, apple varieties, and orchard keeping information.


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  • Equipment for cider pressing and juicing , tanks, cooling and chilling, pasteurizing, and more.

    Fruit Processing

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  • Fruit processing articles and information and a list of Northwest juice and fruit product suppliers.


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  • Fermentation information, articles, and handy tools.


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  • Traverse federal, state, and local compliance, licensing, and reporting.

    Downstream Processing

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  • Blending, back-sweetening, carbonation, flavorings, additives , and adjuncts.


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  • Packaging your cider in bottle, cans, and kegs.

    Sales & Marketing

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  • Sales & Marketing industry articles and reports.

    Shop Cleaning

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  • A collection of information about keeping your cidery clean and maintained.


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  • How to pick the right distribution partner for your ciders and what you can learn from other distributed brands.

    Exporting Cider

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  • Collective links, opinions, and thoughts about selling your cider abroad.

    Start Up Tips & Financing

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  • Tips and techniques for getting things going: from boot strapping to well financed.

    Business Management

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  • What you need to know about employees, deductions, expensing, donations, taxes, fraud and more.


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  • Think safety before you start.

    Cider Awards Programs

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  • Domestic and international cider award programs.

    Cider Associations

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  • A list of regional, domestic, and international cider groups and organizations.

    Cider Education

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  • Classes and workshops on cider, tasting, apples, and orchards.