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Apple Harvest 2015
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Hello Good people

Late summer here in MN and apples are falling off the trees! I have 3 different families that invite me to pick as much as i wish from their trees. The more I pick, the less they have to clean up, so a win/win. I always drop off some cider to each of these tree owners. Most people don't pick very much of their own apples, only a few gallons or so. I get loads of free apples this way. I will be eating 3 or 4 apples every day through January. A good portion of these apples go to making hard cider. I share the some of the apples with a few buddies who do home brewing too. One of the guy has his own fruit shredder and a home made press. It's a lot of work to squeeze that many apples, but it is a pleasurable task. This year I will make over 5 gallons of hard cider, plus a few more gallons for fresh cider. Last years hard cider turned out really good, will try to duplicate the result this year. I like the semisweet cider with a fair a fair amount of krausening, so a bit of home made maple syrup is added at bottling time. If you don't have access to free apples this would not economical at all, but is sure is fun and interesting.

So if anybody has some cider stories to share, please chime in.

Bill
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#2
This is interesting.

However it appears that making apple cider is quite complicated.

I have checked the internet and making apple vinegar looks very simple - it appears to be, store in warm place for six month and stir once a week.

Have you ever made apple vinegar Bill?
"You can't hit the ball unless you take a swing."

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[quote name='Limey Pete' timestamp='1440924924' post='603701']

This is interesting.

However it appears that making apple cider is quite complicated.

I have checked the internet and making apple vinegar looks very simple - it appears to be, store in warm place for six month and stir once a week.

Have you ever made apple vinegar Bill?

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No, I have not tried to make Vinegar. Perhaps I should.
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#4
Giving the subject more thought bill.

When I have tried to make any sort of home brew it always results in tasting like vinegar anyway.



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#5
I would love to see pictures of the press and the process my tree is finally producing and my wifes cousin just bought property with about a dozen trees and we were talking about making a

press for next season.
Brian In MA "There are only 2 questions why and why not the trouble is asking the right one"



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[quote name='cheapeats' timestamp='1443058397' post='604438']

I would love to see pictures of the press and the process my tree is finally producing and my wifes cousin just bought property with about a dozen trees and we were talking about making a

press for next season.

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Here is a video with the type of press we used, although we used a scissors jack instead of a hydraulic one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LNz0v_So_Y If you do a search on whizzbang apple press, you will see more.

Bill
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#7
Thanks Bill
Brian In MA "There are only 2 questions why and why not the trouble is asking the right one"



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