Freester's 2019 Cider Thread

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  1. Oct 20, 2019 #1

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    I've got to admit I've been struggling with motivation this year. Weekend's are busy with a young family.

    A new location for apples. A beautiful walled orchard. Mainly eaters. And a few pears. Collected today I'll scrat and press next weekend. Haven't really thought out a plan yet but may go full trad / au naturel this autumn.

    About 50-75l here I think...

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  2. Oct 22, 2019 #2

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    good to see you back Freester, nice haul ! The good thing about the au naturel is that once the pressing day is over you literally have nothing to do for months, so its a good option if your time is precious. Mine hasnt started to clear in the DJs yet, so it is a good few weeks before I need to worry about bottling - will probably do it on a quiet day over Christmas with my winter pruning.

    Great orchard ! I'm jealous....
     
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    Thanks Matt. Exactly my thinking.
     
  4. Oct 29, 2019 #4

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    Busy day Sunday. Collected a load of little cider apples from another site. Bitter sweets.

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    I then had to crack on and press as much of last week's haul and this week's...

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    Long back breaking work I managed to brim 4x 30l brewing bins, and a DJ with the pear juice. 4 bags of the little apples left but I ran out of time and light.

    The bins are between 1044 and 1050 so will come out around 5.5 - 6.5%

    No campdens this is 120l of traditional. I won't touch this lot until Easter at the earliest!
     
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    For someone who wasnt feeling the enthusiasm, Freester, a 120 litre day is a damn fine effort. Good call on going traditional, I drank a bottle of my 2018 this weekend and it is so much smoother than the yeast batches....
     
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    Popped into the garage last night. Some evidence of a ferment beginning to start. These bins are pretty much airtight, the lids are bowing upwards now and the odd bubble out of the airlocks. I'll just sit, watch and be patient until spring now.
     
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    I wasn't sure you were convinced initially. Glad you've come round to the trad way of thinking!
     
  8. Nov 15, 2019 at 8:17 AM #8

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    Indeed. I have 25 litres of trad that will be ready to bottle over the next few weeks.
     
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    Sweet Jesus that is a thing of beauty
     

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