Well everything was ready for cider day, the equipment all made and the apples picked. There was only one day available for various reasons, so the cider would have to be pressed on that day, whatever the weather. Glad to say that, the late Autumn weather didn’t let me down – wet and windy, in fact when it rained, it came in sideways, deep joy. looked like I was going to get wet.
200 Kg of apples were collected. Not sure what varieties but some were red and some were red and yellow; they tasted quite nice.
The equipment was got into position and it was time to play and hope it all worked.
The first thing was to wash the apples.
Next, any bad bits of apple were cut out and very big apples cut into halves.After a while, we found out that mill was able to handle whole apples so that saved a bit of time.
Apples being collected under the mill and the quality of the pulp.
The apple chunks in the pulp were a little too big but they would have to do. When a bucket of pulp had been collected, it was time to start making the ‘cheeses’
When enough cheeses had been made, it was time to press.Juice started to come out of the apples before any pressure was applied.
The screw thread was only 40 cm long, so blocks were put on top of the cheeses so it would be able to reach them and pressing started.
It worked. Here’s a photo of some one who thinks they’re a smurf using the press.