If you’d like to step things up a notch and make cider in larger quantities using your own apples, you’ll need two things: a way to chop up the apples into smaller pieces, and a press to put the apples into to squeeze out every last bit of juice. Because the equipment can be costly to purchase, many people just rent them as needed. Local homebrew supply shops are a great place to check. At around $30-$50 per day, the cost quickly becomes manageable if you’re making a lot of cider and/or getting a few people to chip in. In the latter case, you’ve got the makings for a cider party! My friend Tara Shupe photographed some cider-making festivities at our friend Lyle Nay’s house, and she graciously allowed me to use the pictures here.
|1) The apples are loaded into a grinder which reduces them in size so that they can be fed into the press.|
|2) The chopped-up fruit is loaded into pressing bags. Originally made from cheesecloth, the bags are now commonly made from a more durable polyester blend.|