Monthly Archives December 2013

Dec 112013

A waterwheel, an oak press and plenty of apples…

Sluice

The sluice gate is opened up to redirect the water to the waterwheel.

 

 

Here are some photographs of us making cider the old fashioned way, with our traditional oak press.

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The wheel is connected with a long rope to an apple crusher in the cider barn on the other side of the wall.

 

trapdoor

Apples are carried to the floor above the crusher and then poured steadily through a trap door…

 

Apple pulp

apples in, pulp out!

 

cider press

And here is the oak press. First, a layer of reed…

making cheese

…a few shovel loads of apple pulp and straw, the reed is folded up and hazel stakes are used to keep the whole thing together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press the cheese

Pressing the cheese!