Using Amphora and Terracotta Vessels in Cider Production

Date & Time: Friday, January 19, 3:30-4:45 PM

Cost: $12

Moderator: Christine Walter

Speakers: Dan Rinke, Andrew Beckham, Deborah Heath, Katie Selbee

Clay vessels have been used to ferment, store, and transport beverages since 6000 B.C. and a new wave of producers are rediscovering amphora and terracotta as a breathable, sustainable, and durable option for making cider. Andrew Beckham, the first commercial producer of terra cotta Amphorae for winemaking, cidermaking, and brewing in North America, will walk through the process of making his Novum fermenters and how to use them and care for them. Producers will discuss how they craft their ciders using terracotta, and what considerations to have when fermenting in amphora. This will also include a tasting of their ciders.