First attempt at cider making!

We are lucky that with our new house we inherited 5 fruit trees in the big garden. Most of which are very well established and one of which is pretty tall.

We have one large pear tree, one slightly bigger eating apple tree, and 3 smaller cooking apple trees. It’s like we were destined to make cider!

Sadly with all the diy and other things that have taken up all my time it has been put on the back burner for too long. So long in fact that the eating apples, of which there were hundreds,  have all fallen and rotten long before we had the chance to do anything with them.

The cooking apples took longer to ripen and are now just starting to appear ready. I have managed to source a decent bin liner full of other eating apples from my sisters house this week with the intention of starting my cider off this weekend.

Ideally you want a mix of 70% eating apples and 30% cooking apples to make the best tasting cider. I’ve pretty much stick to that ratio.

As it stands I have all of my equipment sat in a sterilising mixture in a big bucket waiting for me to smash and press the apples tomorrow. It’s going to be fun!

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