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?