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Old 09-13-2013, 04:03 AM   #1
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So my work is planning to plant around a dozen apple trees. I get to help decide which ones. The other guys basically don't care which ones are picked.

Im not a cider maker yet, but I have been a beer brewer for about a year now.

Id love to try cider someday. So for my fellow brewers..... What trees would you plant if you had the options ?

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Old 09-13-2013, 04:13 AM   #2
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What is your grow region and how many chill hours?
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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yellow delisous and macs or granny smiths

 
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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I'm not sure what you climate will support, but I've had great luck using my stayman trees for cider. I don't care to eat them (I prefer a crisper texture), but they are great for pressing.

 
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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you will want 2 different varieties to have them pollinate, if there are no other fruit trees around.

 
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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For eating: Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden Delicious.
For cider: Kingston Black, Dabinett, Ashmead's Kernal
Maybe a couple of crab apple trees too: Evereste, Hewes, Maypole
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:12 AM   #7
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Located in San Jose California
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:46 AM   #8
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OK, so two things.

1) Let me know if you ever want to team up picking/juicing.

2) Jonathans grow really well here and are great for cider, sauce and pie. I'm working with some Bellflower this year and have high hopes... they're very sweet, flavorful and loaded with juice. Pippins are an excellent apple and have very good flavor. You really need to just call up Trees of Antiquity down by Atascadero and talk to them. They're serious experts, have massive selection and you can drive down to pick up in person to avoid having the poor trees stuffed in a box.

Also make sure you pick a good crabapple or two to work into the mix, they're great for blending. I got a really nice crabapple tree from Trees of Antiquity this last year.
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