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Old 07-11-2012, 07:24 PM   #21
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This sucks. I made a cider last year that I wasn't very happy with, so I was hoping to do some experimenting this time...maybe that'll have to wait until next year.



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Old 07-11-2012, 08:23 PM   #22
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I am VERY new to cider making, and have gotten lots of positive feedback from my family, and good constructive feedback from my club.

I'm looking for local juice / cider from my area when it comes available. In the meantime I'm practicing my cider making on the store bought juice. I've used both Tree Top and Costco for my sources.

What is the shelf life regarding store bought pasteurized apple juice and cider?
The "from concentrate" stuff is like a year or longer. I just bought 30 gallons when Walmart had it on sale for $3 a gallon. I believe fresh pressed pasteurized would be much shorter but not sure. You can always freeze fresh pressed if you have the room.

One of my local mills has frozen fresh pressed from last year available for 5.50 a gallon. They have it offsite in storage somewheres? The gal working new very little about it. I need to contact the owner to see what it was treated with and if i can buy in bulk?


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Right now my plan is to try and get 15 or 20 gallons fresh pressed this fall to use for basic cider and some cyser. I will use from concentrate to make my heavily flavored ciders like the Caramel apple, mulled, and atomic fireball.

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #24
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Well, I stopped by Robb Farms in Spencerport NY today.

The good news is that they will start pressing next week.

The bad news is that they will be charging $6 - $6.50 per gallon this year. That's at least a 50% markup from last year. And I bet all the other local farms will be charging in that ballpark too.

Looks like I may be sticking with Wegmans apple juice for a while.

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:13 AM   #25
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The bad news is that they will be charging $6 - $6.50 per gallon this year. That's at least a 50% markup from last year. And I bet all the other local farms will be charging in that ballpark too.
About the same down here in Ithaca where most places are selling fresh juice near $7.

U-picked 2 bushels this weekend at Littletree Orchards for $20/ea. 2 of Burgundy, 1 Newtown Pippin and one Paula red. Base, structure, and aromatic respectively. U-pick prices seem to be about the same as last year but you have to extract the juice yourself.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:27 AM   #26
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I was told yesterday they are getting close to $12 / gallon for fresh pressed in the cities around here. My local guy says he is importing apples and hopes to keep bulk prices under $6.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:59 AM   #27
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anyone hear any new about the apple hill crop here in Cali? gonna start my first cider either tomorrow or the next day

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anyone hear any new about the apple hill crop here in Cali? gonna start my first cider either tomorrow or the next day
Haven't heard a thing, but no news is good news amiright?!

This past Friday a hail storm passed through the area a knocked about 25% of the remaining fruit at a couple of orchards to the ground. Clearly we are not meant to have apples around here this year.
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Spoke with my best local cider producer in upstate NY. Usually they sell in bulk for a discount but not this year. They apologized and said the only way I can get cider is to pay the straight retail price of $7/gallon. That's actually the cheapest around, most other places are around $8/gallon. Even the orchards that didn't get hit too bad are taking advantage of the spike in prices.

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:58 PM   #30
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I paid $8 a gallon in mid-michigan this summer while traveling through. I was going to make apfelwein this year but not at that price.



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