Re: Hard Sweet Cider
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> 3,000 gal / month....WOW! That's a... Hell of a lot of work.As half the crew it was about a 75 hr. week for almost 2 years. It
was a lot of fun too though.
We bought apples by the truck load. A mix of red delicious, golden
delicous and granny smiths. These aren't the best apples for cider
but were the most available year around. We washed ground and pressed
the fruit. Pumped it into thousand gallon tanks with cooling columns.
Pitched champaign yeast to it and did a slow cool ferment to a very
dry state. We would then sweeten the cider back a bit with fresh
juice. Filter it through a wine filter using cloth pads and
diatomaceous earth. The final filtering was through paper pads fine
enough to remove any residual yeast and even most bacteria.
Next came bottling and kegging. we used both 12 oz. and 750 ml.
bottles. and half barrel and 5 gal. cornelious kegs. We had an
ancient Italian bottling machine and hand capper and corker. we also
hand labled the bottles. Usually by then it was about 2 am. and I'd
bike home and crash until 6 am. and hit it again.