Hard Apple cider with home grown apples - suggestions
  • C_BC_B
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    I have a tree that is loaded with green apples. No idea what kind of apples. Green. Actually taste pretty good, not sweet but not bitter sour.

    Anyone have good recipes or a link to good processes to get from apples on a tree to tasty booze in my belly?
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  • ThymThym
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    When I went to the Apple farms around Southern California I inquired on the subject and they basically said just crush the apples and pitch a good neutral yeast. If the apples aren’t tart you’ll probably want to add a little acid at the finish. But I’m guessing this whole process is highly dependent on what you start with and personal preference so you may just need to taste it and see what it needs as it progresses.
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  • C_BC_B
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    I've read a few things that make it sound that simple. I'm skeptical.
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  • ThymThym
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    C_B said:

    I've read a few things that make it sound that simple. I'm skeptical.



    Fair. But I’d probably try the simple approach first before doing something more complicated.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    The hard part is pressing the juice out of them... unless you have a press.
    I like an English ale yeast, like S-04
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  • C_BC_B
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    ceannt said:

    The hard part is pressing the juice out of them... unless you have a press.
    I like an English ale yeast, like S-04



    So pressing. Can they not be juiced? Does it matter? My wife has a juicer.
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  • ThymThym
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    C_B said:

    ceannt said:

    The hard part is pressing the juice out of them... unless you have a press.
    I like an English ale yeast, like S-04



    So pressing. Can they not be juiced? Does it matter? My wife has a juicer.


    I’m only aware of pressing using an Apple press. The juicer would probably create a pulpy mess but I don’t really know.
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  • C_BC_B
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    Thym said:

    C_B said:

    ceannt said:

    The hard part is pressing the juice out of them... unless you have a press.
    I like an English ale yeast, like S-04



    So pressing. Can they not be juiced? Does it matter? My wife has a juicer.


    I’m only aware of pressing using an Apple press. The juicer would probably create a pulpy mess but I don’t really know.


    Yes it does, you're absolutely right. I wonder if I let it settle out a day or two then strain / decant before pitching.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Maybe put the pulpy mess in a strainer for a few hours, and then press the remaining pulp between 2 plates?
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  • ceanntceannt
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    But I would recommend using some Camden tablets if it sets for any length of time
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  • C_BC_B
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    ceannt said:

    Maybe put the pulpy mess in a strainer for a few hours, and then press the remaining pulp between 2 plates?



    Not a bad idea.
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  • C_BC_B
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    ceannt said:

    But I would recommend using some Camden tablets if it sets for any length of time


    I figured I'd have to anyway. I don't do anything fast.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    You probably already know this.. but don't heat, or boil the juice .
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  • C_BC_B
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    ceannt said:

    You probably already know this.. but don't heat, or boil the juice .



    I did know that but thanks for the reminder.
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  • ThymThym
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    How’s this project coming along?
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  • C_BC_B
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    Thym said:

    How’s this project coming along?



    Stuck in planning. Operations is behind schedule.
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  • ThymThym
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    C_B said:

    Thym said:

    How’s this project coming along?



    Stuck in planning. Operations is behind schedule.


    Time to get off your keister and get going.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny