First Cider pressed

A year ago I built myself a cider press, a simple wooden frame with two pads pushed together with an 8 ton bottle jack, I was so pleased with how well it worked and I pressed 40 litres of juice that I made into a dry fizzy cider.

This year I will be making my cider a bit sweeter and still, and as it’s that time of year again, last night got the press out. This year I was fortunate to be able to borrow a scratter which made the job easier.

You need to halve or quarter the apples before scratting them, last year I froze and then bashed them up. Once you have the lovely apple pulp, you can pop this into the “cheese” a layer of pulp wrapped in a fine weave muslin, I used net curtain material from Dunelm.

I filled 2 “cheeses” of pulp before pressing, last night I pressed about 30 litres in around 3 hours using a mixture of Tom Putt a sharp Dorset cider apple and Bramley. The next batch I plan to press will be an apple and pear mix.

I popped in a few campden tablets to prevent oxidisation, this will be left for 24 hours before I put in the cider yeast.

 

2 responses to this post.

  1. Looks fantastic! Be interesting to hear how this year’s batch turns out…

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