Making Craft Cider

Apples

2014 09 29_8149We use 'wasted' apples from people in Cornwall. They are mainly dessert apples, of many different varieties, but can also be cooking apples and of course our favourite - cider apples!

Fortunately there are a lot of people who have planted small orchards who either can't use all the apples that their trees produce or sometimes just can't get out there to pick them. One call to us and we arrange a convenient time to come and pick them. We carefully pick them and then put them in string sacks. The string sacks mean that the air can flow easily around the apples and keep them as fresh as possible. We like to leave them for a few weeks so that as much as possible of the starch has turned to sugar. The greater the sugar content the higher the alcohol level.

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