Yes...it's that time of year again. I just got back inside from pressing 5 gallons of apple cider, and thought it would make a great blog for a thread here.
This is my 12th year making cider. I usually purchase some sweeter juicier apples to go with what we grow here on the farm, but this year we had a bumper crop and apples were both sweet and juicy. I have Northern Spies, Sweet Sixteens, Macintosh, and Beaumont apples this year.
We bought the press from a catalog some years back, and I want to say it was Vermont Country Store or something like that. We've had to replace some of the parts as they've worn and we even made our own. (the plunger was re-made with a harder wood and made wider to press more juice.)
We filter out sand and grit then pour it into washed out milk jugs to freeze. Enjoy the pictures....