Apple brandy question

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Farside » Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:54 pm

I use a proof hydrometer to confirm the theoretical abv based on the temperature. It's very close.

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Virandell » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:36 pm

Just made another batch picked 102kg of apples I think I will not look at them for another year :lol: All squeezed by hands thru Muslim cloth and Minced in Meat machine I need some better plan next year maybe Fruit press and drill for making pulp from apples
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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Farside » Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:15 pm

Definitely go motorized. I use a garbage disposal unit I found at a second hand store for $20. It will pulp a press full before needing a cool down for an hour but the price was right.

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Virandell » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:09 pm

Farside wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:15 pm
Definitely go motorized. I use a garbage disposal unit I found at a second hand store for $20. It will pulp a press full before needing a cool down for an hour but the price was right.
Definitely buddy, I been thinking maybe about wood chipper or something like that and a fruit press it was a nightmare to do them apples :lol:

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Windswept » Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:25 am

Virandell wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:09 pm
Farside wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:15 pm
Definitely go motorized. I use a garbage disposal unit I found at a second hand store for $20. It will pulp a press full before needing a cool down for an hour but the price was right.
Definitely buddy, I been thinking maybe about wood chipper or something like that and a fruit press it was a nightmare to do them apples :lol:
I tried using a grape crusher last year, next time it’ll be the wood chipper!
If I didn't learn the hard way, I wouldn't learn at all!

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Farside » Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:08 pm

Consider how to clean whatever machine you used after it's done. You don't want apple bits festering in the nooks and crannies.

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Cristof » Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:39 pm

Virandell wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:36 pm
Just made another batch picked 102kg of apples I think I will not look at them for another year :lol:
I don't want to be rude but it sounds funny to me, cause I count them in tons, all picked by me :lol:

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by NZChris » Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:58 pm

11 months of planning and preparation is less stressful than a week of panic and bleeding knuckles and usually makes better product :D

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Cristof » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:18 am

NZChris wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:58 pm
11 months of planning and preparation is less stressful than a week of panic and bleeding knuckles and usually makes better product :D
How do you mean 11 months? I pick them maybe 2 months per year, usually more than 100 kg on a day when picking, the record this year was around 300 kg in one day (from one location, maybe when I milled them I went picking to other locations, don't remember). :D
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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Virandell » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:33 am

Cristof wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:18 am
NZChris wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:58 pm
11 months of planning and preparation is less stressful than a week of panic and bleeding knuckles and usually makes better product :D
How do you mean 11 months? I pick them maybe 2 months per year, usually more than 100 kg on a day when picking, the record this year was around 300 kg in one day (from one location, maybe when I milled them I went picking to other locations, don't remember). :D 20200921_132008.jpg
Them apples what I picked growing in such a akward place the hill is sitting like on 90 degrees and it's all covered in black and red berries my legs was also cut not only the knuckles :lol: btw picking was not the worst part mincing apples with small machine and squeezing juice by hand was the worst :D

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by Cristof » Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:53 am

Ok I admit you're good doing that by hand, I can't imagine it :D

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Re: Apple brandy question

Post by The Baker » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:17 pm

Virandell said, ' mincing apples with small machine and squeezing juice by hand was the worst...'

I minced apples with a large machine (butcher's mincer) but I did not squeeze the pulp.
I added a little water so it wasn't too thick to handle, then a VERY little sugar just to compensate for the water.
But I distilled with gas heating, not an electric element.

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