2021 Apple Harvest Cider Thread

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MattH1973

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Despite some fine blossom this year.....
20210516_131835 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Ended up with slim pickings - just 3 sacks - I assume the issue was a late frost or lack of bees, plus my trees being somewhat biennial
20210906_201107 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Consolation is that I am busy on other things, so only doing one press suited me this year:
20210912_145108 by MattH3764, on Flickr

20210912_150843 by MattH3764, on Flickr

Ended up with 25 litres as follows:
- 10 litres au naturel, about 8pct, PH 3.2. Note the darker colour due to lack of camden. These will sit in the cellar and be botted around Christmas.
- 5 litres with camden, pectolase and chalk, about 9pct, PH2.9 - this will get champagne yeast tomorrow
- 10 litres as above, but diluted down to around 7% in order to fill the DJs.

20210912_165905 by MattH3764, on Flickr

All in all not bad, then just the ballache of cleaning.....
20210912_172233 by MattH3764, on Flickr
 

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Hardly any apples on my garden tree or the other trees I collect from. I'm making turbo cider this year.Hope yours turns out ok @MattH1973 .
 

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Yup it's a day of hard graft. I haven't even thought of doing a press this year yet... Must drop my orchard people a line see what their crop was like...
 

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South Devon here - very limited crop this year - 3 weeks of frost in April/early May during flowering. Initial thoughts are it's not worth getting the press out. The orchards I scrump from are just as bare.
 

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i put the yeast in monday, but only after inserting it did i notice a distinct odour on the yeast. Hopefully it wont ruin those 15 litres.

Interesting other harvests are down, must be a late frost. Makes me glad I got what I did.
 

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Just been in touch with my usual orchard. No apples. I have a feeling I won't be pressing this year 😥
 
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