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….