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Sorting & Washing…

Apples are first brought into the press room in bins, where they are hand sorted and inspected for quality. They pass through a 'brusher-washer' to clean them before pressing.

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Apples Travel Up the Elevator to the Grinder…

The apples then travel up a conveyor belt called an elevator, to the top of the press to the grater box where the apples fall into the 'grater' which grinds them into a mushy, pulpy "mash" called pomace. 

pom·ace ˈpəməs/ noun

  1. (especially in cider making) the pulpy residue remaining after fruit has been crushed in order to extract its juice.

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Grinding into apple pomace…

Below the stainless steel grinder chute is where we make a stack of racks and clothes to contain the apple pomace. 

 
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Spreading out the apple pomace…

We use a ‘rack and cloth’ system of making cider, in which a wooden frame is lined with a heavy woven cloth, the pomace is spread evenly inside it, then the cloth is folded over to help hold the pomace, after which another layer of wooden racks and cloths are put on top and also filled. The pomace is hand-spread to make a nice even layer, so that we can fold the press clothes over the pomace and add another rack.

 
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Stacking the Racks and Cloths…

Layer after layer, the racks and clothes are filled, this is called a “cheese!” The "cheese" is the apple mash all wrapped in the cloth, and layered in the stack between the racks.  


 
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Turning the Press Table…

After the racks are all filled and the cheese is complete, we turn the entire two-sided table so that the racks are positioned under the press beams.

 
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Pressing the Cider…

Once the racks are positioned under the press beams, the giant belts and gears on top of the press work in a thunderous harmony to slowly lower the beams and apply hundreds of pounds of pressure to the apple pomace in the racks, squeezing out the juice.

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The Juice…

As the press rumbles and rotates slowly downward, the juice is captured in pans which then drain into hoses which pour into a bulk tank where the cider is chilled and held until bottled.

 
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Bottling the Apple Cider…

After the juice is chilled, it is bottled into gallons, half gallons and pints. We also serve Hot Apple Cider, and frosty Apple Cider Slushies.