Time to get the apples before they hit the ground. Picked a bunch of them a couple days ago and got them washed up and ready for the cider press.
This morning I got things rounded up an was ready to start the process about 9 AM. With my help sort of slow recovering from a total hip replacement I had to go it alone this year. But it went good even though on the slow side. Had to grind two baskets full, then press them out and go again.
Got the apples all ground and pressed by noon so took a break for lunch. Came back out to go after it again and had been invaded by honey bees. A honey guy has a bunch of hives about 1/4 mile West of us and his bees found the sweet smell of the apple juice.
It took right at 3/4 of a 5 gal. pail or whole apples to fill a basket of ground apples. The press I have has one cast iron cutter wheel about 5" diameter with two cutter knives across its width which is about 6". This chops the apples up real course and drops them between two cast iron grinder drums with many rows of iron dimples about 1/8" protruding from the drums. This grinds the apples up much finer for the press. A basket of ground Red Delicious apples will produce about 5 quarts of juice.
I got 22 quarts and 1 pint of processed cider. Plus I have 3 gallons and 8 - 2 liter jugs of unprocessed apple juice. 4 of those 2 liter jugs are in the freezer to a make hard cider or apple jack. Everything will freeze except the alcohol and that is some good tasting stuff. We have about 8 quarts of cider left from last year. Does that ever taste good on a cold snowy evening with the fireplace going and a cup of hot cider with a cinnamon stick. Good country living at it's best.
Edited by chieffan, October 06, 2015 - 07:44 PM.