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« on: October 24, 2010 05:47:49 PM »

My brother has 5 apple trees in his yard that usually produce A LOT of fruit that mostly goes to waste. This year I was so on it, I don't think a *single* apple didn't get processed in some way - from homemade pectin to traditional applesauce and apple butter to more exciting apple cider and apple lemon balm lavender jelly. Here are some pics of our cider, in its various stages:



these two ciders were pressed at the end of August and in this pic have just been racked off for the first time. I think it's so interesting the variance in their colours - they were more or less the same apples (we weren't totally professional in our apple blending - we ended up scouring the neighbourhood for fallen apples to make 2 full carboys of juice when we were pressing, so there is definitely a random mix of apples we'll never be able to exactly repeat in there)



this cider was pressed at the end of september and this pic is of it after the yeast activity had died down and we threw the stopper on. We only used wild yeasts with our cider, cuz they're better  Wink
    Unfortunately no pics of the incredible process of getting the apples from their apple state into the carboys. It was fun, despite the wasps! Roll Eyes We hand crushed the apples, with a bucket and a large fence post, and pressed them with a hydraulic car jack our brother borrowed from his work. I'm pretty sure if we hadn't had the hydraulic jack this wouldn't have worked - definitely something I would recommend if anyone else is thinking of pressing anything!
And, my apple jelly:


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010 05:54:47 PM »

Oh wow!  I love apple cider and those look great.  How long does it take to turn into cider?
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010 07:29:22 PM »

Were the two carboys of different color ciders from 2 different mashings? That is curious. I've never seen that before.

Wonder what the alcohol % will be? Hmmm....you need to update us when your cider is ready for a glass. Wink

Your apple lemon balm lavender jelly sounds interesting!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010 08:54:59 AM »

Mmmmm apple cider, yummy! What variety of apples did you use?
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010 03:51:02 PM »

Were the two carboys of different color ciders from 2 different mashings? That is curious. I've never seen that before.

Wonder what the alcohol % will be? Hmmm....you need to update us when your cider is ready for a glass. Wink

Your apple lemon balm lavender jelly sounds interesting!

No, the two carboys are from the same batch, although we weren't totally precise in our blending, so some random "neighbourhood apples" that we scrounged got added to one batch and not the other.... but I'd say that for the most part, the apples were the same, mostly from our mini orchard.

Mmmmm apple cider, yummy! What variety of apples did you use?

We're not entirely sure - the trees on the property are (obviously) older than any of us. My brother said he had someone in the know over once, who seemd to be able to identify a couple of trees as  Gravenstein's... but there are at least two other varieties we're not sure of.

Oh wow!  I love apple cider and those look great.  How long does it take to turn into cider?

the cider should be completely ready for consuming in 5-6 months (from the start of the process) So we should be drinking it around the end of january-february.
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