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Old 21 September 2013, 07:49   #71
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Just let me know when you think its ready Willk and I'll drop past and test it for you!
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Old 21 September 2013, 07:50   #72
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Aye, you can drop in that photo when you're here!
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Old 25 September 2013, 23:08   #73
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we are still picking and pressing
tomorrow we have 3 places to pick the apples then our weather is to get real wet and windy.

I was hoping to harvest the potatoes and garlic before the wet weather gets here.
best made plans and all that..

we are also drying hops for beer making and for a great winter tea( I have the best dreams after drinking that stuff)


willk what do you do with all the left over mash?
most of ours goes into the composter
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willk what do you do with all the left over mash?
most of ours goes into the composter
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We call it "press cake" here. My neighbour feeds it to his cattle. He cuts timber on his land so a few bags of hardwood firing might come my way later in the winter

Today is Press Day #1. A lad from my boat launch locality is arriving with his apples for a demo and I have 165kg of my own on hand. The "vintage cider" apples are still ripening on the trees (along with a few culinary apples) so they'll be for another day. Autumn has really set in here over the last week, you can see and smell it. Still, we got a late Indian summer and the winds have settled too, so that's all good.

I spent last night cleaning the shed for today - oh boy did that need doing! One winter project is to floor out the upstairs and create more space to fill with crap

Couple of pics of my OLD equipment below. The hand scratter (mill) was a lot of work for big quantities of fruit. I made the press from scrap and a 5 ton jack. My mistake was that I made it too small. That and the steel was bending under the force. There were a few scary "jack escapes" too where bits passed my head and thumped into walls. Pics of new setup later
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Well that worked out OK. A quick tally showed 197kg of fruit and we finished with ~120L of juice - so around a 62% recovery - pretty good for the kit in question.

Just a bit of dosing of sugar and some E numbers left to do now

Roll on the cider apple crop in a few weeks...
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we finished with ~120L of juice - so around a 62% recovery
Free run juice. Excuse the audio, a couple of empty bottles were carelessly left lying around
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I like your shredder--is it a commercial unit?
I have to push our apples on to our rotating shredder with a big wooden "masher"

We harvested two different apples from one tree yesterday...Wolf River and Spartan. the original owner of the place grafted a few different apples on many trees, he even grafted on a mountain ash tree.

As of today we are up to 300 gallons and most of our 4 freezers are full.
We split the juice 2 ways and my partner's family process theirs and seal them in glass canning jars. They have a very impressive shelves in their basement covered in juice jars.


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I like your shredder--is it a commercial unit?
It's top end hobby kit - a Speidel Electric 2.2kW Apple Mill. It can handle fruit as quickly as you can turf it in. The smaller 1.5kw units you see around need to be fed in a slow steady stream. 2.5 crates of apples can be fed through in as many minutes. That's around 40-44kg and is a full load for the rack and cloth press.

I'm sitting in my kitchen watching the first 120L starting to bubble - it's hugely satisfying
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