Originally Posted by hank
we picked the last of our apples yesterday
we made about 70 gallons (long 8 hour day )
Kinda nice feeling when it's all done, isn't it!
I hauled the last of mine today - a cool 225kg of Dabinett cider apples. This brings the overall harvest to 464kg, just shy of the half tonne. I'll crush and press them in a week or two and the resulting cider will eventually be blended with the cider from the earlier dessert apples batches that are beginning to clear and settle in my man-cave, the only willkzone with the Goldilocks Temperature of 15C.
You need to blend the cider because the Dabinett apples are Special. They are bitter, astringent, hard to stomach, weezened yokes that improve the bland flavour of the bulk apples. I find "Dabinett" a bit of a tongue twister, so I just call 'em "Mollers"
At the risk of counting my chickens before they're hatched, that lot should translate into 240L of well hard cider
I'll return to this one more time at bottling and conditioning time in the Spring. I'm going to experiment with Pikey Dave's suggestion of the super sized crown caps.