Originally Posted by Downhilldai
So, how many gallons can you turn out in a decent season? I remember your disposal of the old shredder, which your operations 'outgrew'
Ironically, I haven't had a decent season since, but the new scratting mill did in ten minutes what it would have taken me an hour to do by hand
This year is shaping up better. I've ditched the old notions of Organic Cider and have fought off the hordes of yokes that want a share of the crop. That will apply to the final product too
To answer your question as directly as is possible for an Irish flavoured sort, the last "hand won" pressing resulted in about 300 litres, IIRC. That would be more like 400L with the new kit as the efficiency is better. As the trees come into full production over the next five years, it should top out around 500-750 litres per season. Patently I have no actual requirement for that volume, so I guess I'll get more selective about what gets pressed and try a few more "experimental" casks. The farmer next door takes the press cake off my hands (mmmmm - apple fed beef
) so I suppose he'll take a few extra trugs of rejects too. Or I might donate them to budding cider makers.