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  1. Aug 25, 2019 #1

    craigj

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    I have just moved into a new home in Scotland and our garden has an apple tree.

    It is late August now and a few of the apples are beginning to fall from the tree. The apples left on the tree are of a size comparable to those available in the supermarket. I have eaten one and it was unexpectedly nice. Quite a sharp taste like a Granny Smith apple.

    I would like to make cider with the apples and would appreciate if someone could send me a link to a tutorial. I an assuming that a basic 'getting started' guide is available somewhere?

    As I understand it, I need to (in the simplest of terms):

    * pick the apples
    * collect them into buckets
    * pulp them up in the buckets with a wooden stick
    * press the apples and collect the juice into buckets
    * add some yeast to the buckets and wait a day
    * pour the juice through a seive into demijohns
    * add airlocks to the demijohns
    * wait 3 or 4 weeks until fermintation stops
    * syphon from demijohns into some old 2L cola plastic bottles (sterilised with campden tablets)

    Questions:
    * Best commercially available press for £100 or less?
    * What type of yeast to use and how much of it?
    * Any recommendations of good places to buy all this kit? (press; buckets; demijohns; airlocks; sterilisation tablets; etc.)
    * do you recommend adding sugar when bottling?
    * what will the alcohol content be? Do I need to do anything to control it?
     
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    rich_Wales

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