Originally Posted by PAC762
My understandng of traditional cider is as follows:
1. Press apples in the fall
2. Pour juice into oak barrel.
3. Put barrel in cellar
4. Enjoy cider (or vinigar) next fall.
I could be wrong, though.
Sounds right to me. The only thing I would add is they would have had a bigger barrel for primary then a normal one for ageing, but you don't need ingredients to make cider, just apples and some elbow grease.
Cider was a really important part of farm life and often formed part of the wages for labourers.