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benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Re: Cider
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2010, 02:31:06 pm »
We freeze the apples and then press them once defrosted instead of pulping. Seems to work and very low effort.
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trev iow

  • Joined Oct 2010
  • isle of wight
Re: Cider
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2010, 08:52:18 pm »
well iv'e made about 9 gallons with my homemade press and we are drinking the first batch already(about 4 weeksfrom pressing to drinking)i have to say that we are both very impressed with the results,just as good as the stuff we were drinking at the dorset steam fair this year.i used any apples i could scrounch,dont think there was a single cider apple amongst them.one thing i have discovered is it ferments alot quicker indoors than in the shed,currently have six gallons bubbling  behind the sofa!.maybe just beginners luck .another thing i did was to sterilize anything that came in contact with the apples/cider .i used boots baby sterilizing tablets for this.the abv works out about 6% and it,s a bit hazy.we were intending to save it for christmas but thought it would be best to try it first,we have since discovered via the internet that cider has medicinal qualities for arthritisis(both got a bit of that now)kidney stones(i got them too) heart health(hope i got that too) and various other ailments,so we truly say we take it purely for medicinal purpose!,just hope there,s enough left til christmas!trev iow

 

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