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Old 05-11-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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Back in the "olden days" what was a traditional cider recipe? and how long was it aged. i can't imagine that they would let it age as long as most people on this site would. Just curious if anyone knows the history.



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Old 05-12-2009, 12:29 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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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.
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