In the fall we went around town asking people if we could pick apples from their apple trees. We gathered about 500lbs of apples, of all different varieties, and met some really nice people. We rented an apple press and squeezed out about 120 liters (32 gallons) of apple juice from all the apples we picked. That’s a lot of apple juice!
Not wanting to put all our apples in the same basket (grin), we stored the apple juice three different way. Half of the juice went to the brewery to be made into apple cider, some went into a carboy at home to be made in apple wine and the rest was canned as apple juice in quart sized jars.
Last week we got a call from the brewery. Our apple cider was ready and we could come in any time to bottle the cider. And this is what we did on Wednesday… for four hours! It took so much time because the carbonation machine was very slow. It took about one minute to fill each bottle and we had 180 bottles to fill.
We gathered and washed over 200 beer bottles, but they still had to be sterilized. Here are some sterilized bottles.