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  1. #1
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    Default (hard) Cider Apple Varieties... is anyone growing any?

    Just curious if anyone is making cider from actual "cider apples".

    If so, what do you have as varieties?
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    Default Re: (hard) Cider Apple Varieties... is anyone growing any?

    Well, I planted a few apple trees and then thought about a few cider trees. I planted a Michelin, a fox whelp, and two Kingston Black. Then I thought where will the bees come from? Bees are in trouble I had heard. So I did a google search for beekeeping and found Beesource and thought I can't afford to do that, and that led to Michael Bush's website and a top bar hive. Then a guy posted on Beesource that he had about four hives worth of boxes and 18 supers that had been stored in a shed for 20 years but were pretty good for FREE. So suddenly I could afford it, and then I kind of got side tracked away from the apple trees and obsessed with the bees. The Cider trees are growing well, but yet to bloom.

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    Default Re: (hard) Cider Apple Varieties... is anyone growing any?

    What is the difference between a cider apple and a regular apple? Is that also the same difference from apple cider and apple juice? I guess I thought a cider apple was perhaps more sour than regular apples, but IDK.

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    Default Re: (hard) Cider Apple Varieties... is anyone growing any?

    The juice from apples pressed at an orchard is called "cider" by a lot of people these days. I call it "juice"... these days.

    I have never tasted the juice from fresh pressed cider varieties. "Hard" cider apples are not known for their dessert / eating qualities so I wouldn't expect their juice to be comparable to that from a typical orchards' blend of pressed dessert apples.

    You can read about cider apples here:

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cider_apple
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: (hard) Cider Apple Varieties... is anyone growing any?

    According to Cider Hard and Sweet "The basic components of any good cider are sweetness, acidity, bitterness, and aroma." A good hard cider is delicious. If my trees ever bear fruit I'm hoping for a cider that has some dryness to it. Brewing cider is supposed to be comparable to brewing mead, in other words it's not as fussy as beer or wine.

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    Default Re: (hard) Cider Apple Varieties... is anyone growing any?

    I keeved nine gallons of juice this year. It involves some "fussing" but can result in a sparkling French style cider. Mine is in my 36F attic, slowly bubbling away.
    BeeCurious
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