Six hours of dedicated apple pressing. Only the carrot of 14 gallons of cider could have held the stamina, enthusiasm and camaraderie today…especially when it started raining.
Great to see this project through to the (almost) final stages. It seems a while ago that Geoff and Julian were eyeing up the apple blossom and fantasising about brewing their own magical cider. The next and final stage is probably the most significant….the tasting, but for that you will have to wait at least another 3 months.
What better way to prepare yourself for a 12 hour flight to Hong Kong and 6 month exploration of Asia and South America than some hard-core apple pressing. Thanks James for your help…..we will try to save you a bottle for your welcome home.
The taste of the juice was supurb….if it ends up an alcoholic version of that….we are onto a winner….
Must mention Mr Todd, the next door neighbour who kindly donated the press and masher after many years of enjoyable use himself (I wonder if he is also after a bottle?? with 14 gallons, I think we can spare one!) I wonder if he ever attempted to press 125kg of apples in one go….I did only notice 1 tree in his garden. There was some mention of wishing for a larger press….i.e. one of those ones you see that is powered by a dizzy donkey….but that would have spoilt the fun and ‘hands on’ participation.
Good fun….hoping for ‘drinkable’ cider and impressed that we have managed to make more Food (drink) For Free….
The press in action.....steady flow of lovely apple juice being collected in the bucket below.
The apple masher.....harder than it looks (apparently!!)
The press full of mashed apples, ready to do it's thing....
It can't be that hard...Geoff is smiling! or is that because we are getting near the bottom of the crate of apples.....oh nope....there's another dustbin full....
Refuelling the press...
All hands on deck now as we near the end of the apple chopping.....this is the last batch to go in the masher.
Phew....Julian is smiling now the mashing has finally come to an end
Squeeze out the last few drops...
Wey Hey.......that's it. 14 gallons of lovely apple juice.....which will hopefully turn into delicious cider.
We just have to wait and see now.......at least 3 months of patience in store (is it me....or is it a funny colour?)
This batch was named 'Strictly P***ed'......they are hoping it will be ready in time for the Strictly Come Dancing final....traditionally a rather drunken affair...although usually confined to cocktails!
All pressing completed in time to wave the intrepid explorer off on his 6 month tour of Asia and South America. He's hoping by helping today, we'll save some for his return....I guess it all depends on how good it tastes. If there is some left for you James at the end of March......maybe it wasn't that good?!