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Old 10-05-2009, 01:22 AM   #1
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After an experiment with Apfelwein and another with Graff, using nice cheap apple juice, I was going to try to buy some bulk cider at the local orchard and make a batch of hard cider from some nice, fresh early tart apples. Yeah, right. They grind the apples and make the cider fresh every Tuesday, but want $7 / gallon; back to the drawing board.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:44 AM   #2
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After an experiment with Apfelwein and another with Graff, using nice cheap apple juice, I was going to try to buy some bulk cider at the local orchard and make a batch of hard cider from some nice, fresh early tart apples. Yeah, right. They grind the apples and make the cider fresh every Tuesday, but want $7 / gallon; back to the drawing board.
Did the same thing only here the fresh pressed cider was $4.89 per gallon. Made 5 gallons.

 
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:45 AM   #3
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You could always plant an apple tree. Wait 5 years until you get a

decent yield. Then buy a couple hundred dollar press, and make

you own cider..Or spend 35 bucks and get 5 gallons of cider

 
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:46 AM   #4
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$7/gallon for freshly pressed cider is the going rate around here in NH as well. I am thinking about making some apfelwein and was going to get some cider today but he was sold out. Plan to pick some up this week but might go with 3 gallons the first time to make sure I like it.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:14 AM   #5
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I found some for $6 a half (repeat half ) gallon here in Maine. But, I found another place that had gallons for $4. The 2 places are 25 minutes apart, so look around.

 
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:21 AM   #6
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the place near me has it for $5 a gallon. now that i see that its a good price i am going to get some this week.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:49 AM   #7
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If they ask that price and find people willing to pay that price......the thing is to just complain to their faces that you wanted to buy from them, but their prices are too high. If they want to sell they will lower their prices or you walk...all too simple...

They're only selling it for $7 because that's what the guy down the street is selling it for.

If you can get it for $5 then go to the $7 place and say it right out loud to potential customers that you just got it for $5 down the street...see how fast they change their prices to get the sale.

Yes, this does work.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:53 AM   #8
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I paid $5 a gallon for mine on Saturday, but I brought my own bucket. Retail price in a jug from the orchard is $6 a gallon. $7 is probably not unreasonable.

 
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:56 AM   #9
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Usually, if you go out to the press with a carboy it is cheaper. If you can get some friends together on 20-30 gallons the price will drop some more and its a good time. If you mention that you are making hard cider, it will greatly increase your chances of getting good juice next time. Nearly every press I know of does at least a few pressings with apples selected for good hard cider. If you are lucky they do this once a week, but at least once per season.

Look for a medium size press, one that makes production quantities of juice and distributes to local and regional retailers. The orchards that just have a small press to sell juice in their store might have good juice, but it wont likely be cheap, and the really big mills dont have time or the apple quality for dealing with cider makers.

 
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:31 PM   #10
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$3.00 a gal. here in Mexico N.Y. and i thought THAT was too high!! last year i got it for $2.75 a gal.!

 
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