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    I made cider every year when I had a big apple tree, then I moved and planted a few cider varieties, but haven't had a crop yet. I have some 2 year old perry (pear cider) which I ought to bottle.
    To press apples or pears ,they must first be crushed into a sort of chunky applesauce, or you won't get much yield.  Traditional presses have crushers mounted above the pressing basket.
    A good book is Making Cider by Proulx and Nichols.
    A simple way to play with cider is to get a gallon of pasteurized juice with no sorbate or benzoate preservatives, throw in whatever wine or beer yeast you have handy, and leave the cap loose. Place in a bowl or someplace where some foaming over won't matter. Start drinking around day 3 or 4 while it is still sweet but has some alcohol and carbonation .Yum! Add more sugar or juice as needed. Another similar thing I did one summer was to mix up some cheap frozen fruit concentrate in a two gallon water cooler with spigot and add some Wyeast Belgian Strong Ale yeast. I kept it on a table in the basement. Pour and reload as needed.
    Drinking a Brewer's Best Imperial Brown Ale.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:21:00 PM PST

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