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A Bramley day today

 
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:35 pm    Post subject: A Bramley day today  Reply with quote

I've been picking Bramley apples today, not just from our own place but from a friends garden too. I've picked some beautiful big apples and tomorrow, we'll be pressing them to make apple juice. Bramley's give a nice crisp juice, that's got to be one of my favourites.
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Rick & Carol



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK then - a bit of advice please Bodger. I've just picked 30+ lbs of apples today which are destined for stewing up & the freezer and giving away and the pigs must have had at least that many over the last month they were around so I'm thinking Bragdy Tegfan should get into the cider club next year.

I've seen some nice presses in Camarthen home brew emporium that look like a good xmas prezzie for me, but how do you tackle chopping the beasts up before pressing? I'll obviously be very small scale so I don't want any industrial cost chopping device.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

make yourself a DIY mill using a garden brusher. You may have to make the hole a little larger but it will work fine. Its what we did when we first set out.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday was a Red Devil day. They're an eating apple and produce a superb pink apple juice.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
make yourself a DIY mill using a garden brusher. You may have to make the hole a little larger but it will work fine. Its what we did when we first set out.


OK - me being stupid , garden brusher?

Also I looked at this on e.bay , obviously ancient but I wondered if this sort of kit might lend itself? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage...3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D190790841514  or maybe too puny, just looks like the kind of thing we accumulate
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's an old fashioned mouli blender. It'll be waaaaaay too small to deal with apples for cider. It would take stewed apples and turn them into puree though.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not necessarily this particular model but something similar. I was able to pick a second hand one up. You need a shredder with the rotating blades, not the chopping ones.

http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-t...ic-garden-shredder-230-240v/39931
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We bought a garden shredder, removed some of the tube( saw and file) and use that only for pulping the apples. Then we have a Vigo beam press, only small but works great. We usually manage about 50 to 75 litres juice to freeze? We could do more but don't have the space and I have never made a cider which could be drunk!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some bounders might say the same about me too !

I'm not a Manchester United fan but I do like my Red Devils. Here's the apple juice that we pressed and pasteurised from them today. Olde, you should try pasteurising your apple juice, it's really is very easy..
 








Here they are along side the Bramley that we did yesterday.









This afternoon, I've picked a load of these. They're Red Windsors. Its sunny autumn days like these picking my own apples that make the long journey that we set out on all those years ago well worth the effort.




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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how do you pasteurise the juice? I assume the bottles are glass?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For apple juice, you need a big saucepan or better still a Baby Burco full of hot water and a long glass thermometer.
You put your glass bottles full of apple juice into the water with your thermometer in the middle bottle. You take your apple juice up to 77 degrees and hold it there for twenty minutes.
The apple juice is now pasteurised. Put the lids on the bottles and put the bottles on their sides. In doing this, the hot apple juice washes against the under side of the lid and pasteurises that as well.
Unopened  your bottles of apple juice have a shelf life of two years.

Oh yes and put some ascorbic acid ( vitamin C) into your apple juice as you press it and this will stop your apple juice from turning a muddy brown colour.  

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