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Old 10-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Cider X-Post: Apple juice vendors?

So I make cider in the fall, and I'm looking for a good local orchard that will provide juice made primarily from bittersweet or bittersharp apples. I've been going to Carlson Orchards (http://www.carlsonorchards.com/) who provides a good blend of juice from several orchards, but doesn't really focus on the varieties with good tannin content.

I've called, emailed, etc. a lot of orchards in the area (all of those I can find via Google, anyway) but haven't had any success in finding out whether they provide apple juice with any specific blend of the more bitter varieties.

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Old 10-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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I have tried looking for bittersharp and bittersweet cider with no luck either. I had one owner look at me like I had 2 heads when I asked.

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Did you ever find any cider source ?

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Did you ever find any cider source ?
I didn't, no. I ended up going to Carlson in person and buying ten gallons straight from their giant tank. It all fermented nicely and is currently aging in a used whisky barrel in my basement
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You could try adding some grape tannin to the must before you ferment it. Also if you know of a crab apple tree the juice from that has a ton of tannin.

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