Hard time taking pictures of the process, we’re at 15 gallons of cider, 5 of which are now laced with the inebriating nectar of the gods :). We followed an extremely simple farm recipe, the cider is good but not great. The 2 gallons with honey tasted best, maple syrup left no particular taste but did make the cider a little stronger. Good stuff!
Every batch labeled with a picture for the story of the tree it came from.
“Old man’s arch”, “Maple ghost moon”, Honey third from the left” are all there.
The apples are rolling in and we decided to buy a press to try to make hard cider with them.
It’s raining apples
And that’s why we wash them 🙂
All crushed and ready to go.
Packed all the way down
And the resulting yumminess. Only a few of our apple trees produce apples that are decent to eat. The rest are small and quite tart, we were surprised to learn they actually make the best cider.
They don’t eat much of it but they are happy to indulge their urge to scratch.
Contemplating our options for turning these 5 gallons into hard cider
We provided sugar for the fermentation in the form of honey & maple syrup
We have a resident woodchuck on our land, quite close to the house. I’ve stopped trying to take shots at it. It has reached the status of “mystical” at this point for bullets go through it like a ghost. It built a far reaching tunnel system with holes 300 feet apart. It removed a massive skunk I had buried in one of them. Above all, it respected our garden for 2 years and doesn’t seem interested in making new holes. At this point I have nothing but respect and admiration left for the little guy. I just hope we don’t come to regret it, a raid on the garden would void a lot of our efforts.
Pondering a joy ride on the pedal tractor