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Any Cider presses out there still?


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Since e have a couple sorgham threads how about Cider? Back in the sixties the local cider press was pretty common. Take your apples in and they'd press them for you. No more. One samenella outbreak and it appears thd geniuses in Harrisburg shut em down.

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A lot of orchards have a press, but I don't know if they do it for hire. A friend of mine does a squeeze every year, except this year due to covid. There is quite a large press at a farm near me. It hasn't been active for decades but my father remembers going there with truck loads of apples when he was young. Having a barrel, or two, of hard cider was not unusual around here,  but I think all of that generation are gone now.

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My FIL’s family were big time Cider/Vinegar makers in Ellington CT, apart from their own full lineup of juice, vinegar etc they also supplied, bottled and shipped store brands such as Finast, among others. The equipment is still there, I want to have a revival party and fire it up. 
 

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long time no hear, any input? 

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I went through and organized the labels we have here in VT, there are some still at the mill I think. I plan to make something with these someday, not sure what yet . The winter hill is my favorite. These were all the ones that were pressed and bottled in Melrose and then shipped out, must be there were several rebranded for other companies. 
Thompson was their own . 

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They ceased operations in the 70’s my wifes Great Grandfather was heavily invested in clarifying equipment and took pride in the quality of his product,  he was old enough to retire, was the father of 3 daughters and was not prepared to embrace the “natural juice” craze of the 70’s . The entire operation including bottling plant is still there and still in the family. I have big dreams of firing up the press someday. 

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7 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

They ceased operations in the 70’s my wifes Great Grandfather was heavily invested in clarifying equipment and took pride in the quality of his product,  he was old enough to retire, was the father of 3 daughters and was not prepared to embrace the “natural juice” craze of the 70’s . The entire operation including bottling plant is still there and still in the family. I have big dreams of firing up the press someday. 

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I worked for a guy with one for a bit...................Sells his Cider at local stores.  He used quality apples and makes great cider, I still buy it.  I actually enjoyed the job when I could get out to the orchard and work, now working for his old man and brother in the machine shop they owned was not as enjoyable.  Never did figure out that setup, I would go 2 weeks to one, then a few days to the other, and back..............Check always was paid out of the Machine Shop account.

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The hard cider is growing with the wino crowd out here. About 15 years ago a Brit in the wine business got a longing for hard cider of the old country. So he started making it and had many like it, so he has made it for sale. Since everything has to revolve around alcohol with tourist business there are a handful making hard liquor and the same with hard cider and 400 to 600 wineries in the county. Oh better not leave out 12 or more beer makers as well. The largest beer brewer is Firestone Walker that has got some big awards is distributed well past California.

Amazingly there are some small orchards that make plain old apple cider too. 

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