Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Harvest is here!
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
LeBreton
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Finger Lakes, NY
Posts: 1,119
Liked 95 Times on 83 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default Harvest is here!

September is here and the apples in the orchard are finally ready! It was a hot and sunny growing season with plenty of rain except for August which was a little dry. Pests were practically a non-issue since last year the apple crop was a total bust due to a spring heat wave and bloom killing frost.

Yesterday with the help of a friend I picked Ellis Bitters, Majors, Tremletts Bitters, and Somerset Redstreaks. The Majors were very heavily laden this year. Tomorrow I'm gonna tackle the Dabbinetts which also have a lot of fruit. The trees, all dwarfs, are averaging just under a bushel each. I was originally thinking of fermenting everything separately, but there's so much fruit that It'll be too hard to process individually (Pressing will be done by a local orchard) so it'll probably just be a big blend of bittersharps and bittersweets which can then be blended with Northern Spys for some acid if needed.

Forgot to bring my refractometer so I didn't get any sugar readings, but I'll get some tomorrow and post the results along with some tasting notes eventually.

This'll be my first ever cider made from trees I've cared for and fruit I raised since they were buds. Had to share my excitement!


Click image for larger version

Name:	2013-09-06 15.46.59.jpg
Views:	281
Size:	116.0 KB
ID:	147585   Click image for larger version

Name:	2013-09-06 15.47.42.jpg
Views:	277
Size:	74.6 KB
ID:	147586  
__________________
In all the states no door stands wider,
To ask you in to drink hard cider
LeBreton is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
Hello
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 29 reviews
 
Hello's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Posts: 10,335
Liked 2891 Times on 1982 Posts
Likes Given: 5134

Default

I can totally share your excitement. It's impressive and they look absolutely delicious. I can't grow anything. I'm lucky if I can keep fake flowers alive.


Hello is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
brianwadley
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 41
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Congratulations!!! I'm probably a few years away from my trees bearing fruit and seeing these posts give me hope. Granted, I can only grow dessert apples here in Phoenix, but still. I love seeing cider growers get their first bushels.
__________________
Cider and Juice in the Desert...and I occasionally brew beer.
brianwadley is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
mrphillips
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Posts: 773
Liked 55 Times on 43 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

Excellent! I love using produce right off the land, and when it was your own hand that helped it grow, it's all the better!
mrphillips is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
gratus fermentatio
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
gratus fermentatio's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Montana
Posts: 10,776
Liked 1819 Times on 1052 Posts
Likes Given: 4502

Default

Nice crop o' apples ya got there!
Regards, GF.
gratus fermentatio is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
nhwrecker
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
nhwrecker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 552
Liked 68 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

great looking apples! How old are your trees?
__________________
Damn. I've got to get a better signature.

Borderline Brewing Co. Nashua, NH
nhwrecker is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 12:15 PM   #7
LeBreton
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Finger Lakes, NY
Posts: 1,119
Liked 95 Times on 83 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

The trees are about ten years old, 11 varieties on various dwarfing rootstock.

Sugar content is pretty typical for this area:
Ellis Bitter - 13.5 Brix
Somerset Redstreak - 15 Brix
Tremlett's Bitter -13.5 Brix
Major - 16 Brix

And since we all love pictures, here's how the Tremlett's turned out:
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010646.jpg
Views:	180
Size:	47.3 KB
ID:	147887  
__________________
In all the states no door stands wider,
To ask you in to drink hard cider
LeBreton is offline
gratus fermentatio Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #8
WarrantedFED
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 146
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

This is great! How much cider are you expecting to yield? I think I once read that it takes 25 of those 5 gallon buckets full of fruit (apples / pears) to yield 5 gallons of cider.
WarrantedFED is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 09:38 PM   #9
LeBreton
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Finger Lakes, NY
Posts: 1,119
Liked 95 Times on 83 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WarrantedFED View Post
This is great! How much cider are you expecting to yield? I think I once read that it takes 25 of those 5 gallon buckets full of fruit (apples / pears) to yield 5 gallons of cider.
Harvest is ongoing for the next 3-4 weeks, if the first trees were a good indicator, I should be getting just shy of two tons of apples. Depending on the extraction yield of the equipment it should result in 200-300 gallons of fresh juice this year!
__________________
In all the states no door stands wider,
To ask you in to drink hard cider
LeBreton is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 10:07 PM   #10
gregbathurst
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 897
Liked 35 Times on 33 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Two tons of nice ripe cider fruit is pretty awesome. I can see why you send it to be pressed, but I would want to press it myself. For me that is a big part of the fun - when you are tired and filthy from a long day crushing and pressing apples. Wouldn't miss it for the world.


gregbathurst is online now
gratus fermentatio Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Post your method of choosing when to harvest....not HOW to harvest. BootsyFlanootsy Hops Growing 12 09-21-2012 05:19 AM
When Do I Harvest?? CBelli Hops Growing 2 08-11-2012 05:41 PM
First Harvest for 2012 Share the Harvest Gardens Pappers_ General Chit Chat 3 07-16-2012 01:27 AM
Harvest! meatwad General Beer Discussion 1 09-22-2011 09:29 PM
Hop Harvest kontreren Hops Growing 8 07-01-2009 03:20 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS