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Cider 2016

Plan to ferment single-varietal ciders so we can taste the flavors of each, and then blend them afterward. I posted on nextdoor.com for local apples, and I got a lot of responses: Apples: Red Gravenstein from Curt’s place in Sebastapol Old apples and drops, very waxy when pressed.  Sweated for …

Apple grinder and press

After looking for apple grinder plans, I found the one from Woodgears to be the best design for me.  The first year, 2015, I ground some crabapples using the hand-crank method of grinding, and it worked pretty well, and I used my bench vice with some cutting boards and plastic …

Crabapple Cider 2015

Making a test batch of cider using local bittersharp crabapples from the house at the corner of Mangels and Nordhoff 35 lbs apples Made 2.5 gallons of juice Ground apples with my apple grinder Pressed them through cheesecloth on my workbench vise! (with some extra plastic wrap around everything) 2015/12/6: …

Normandy Cider

Shannon and I visited Normandy, France last week, and traveled through Paris on the way.  Even though Caen was a nice town to stay in, and Mont Saint-Michel was beautiful, the highlight of our trip was our visit to Luc and Nicole’s beautiful organic cider apple farm.  We were so …