Back in the Saddle Again!

So this Aerosmith song has been playing in my head all day. That is because I am finally feeling like myself again. After almost 2 weeks of misery and inactivity from the “swine flu” I can actually start functioning again!
So we pressed apples for cider. This is my apple washing station:

Now I know you are wondering why a kitchen apple washing station when we usually hose the apples down in buckets in the backyard. The next photo explains why:
It was a torrent of rain today. And with all of our projects and illnesses we have not cleaned out the gutters yet. We will soon! Here’s Tom pressing the cider on the back porch:
And here’s three 5-gallon carboys of cider fermenting. Sunday we will press the rest of our apples and crabapples. We are hoping for another 3 carboys full. There’s also 2 1-gallon carboys of plum wine fermenting. It looks kind of like strawberry Koolaid but hopefully will taste better!

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5 Responses to Back in the Saddle Again!

  1. Aimee says:

    Oh man I am jealous. I have a great press and have pressed literally dozens and dozens of gallons of cider from all kinds of apples and pears, but no hard cider. Last year’s failure was so total; and complete, I was demoralized. I have just been freezing the fresh juice. Maybe I can team up with an experienced homebrewer.

  2. Donna says:

    Sure, we can show you how it is done. We will be pressing and setting up more carboys Sunday if you want to come over to press and learn! Good savings too. We took an expensive class to learn.

  3. Nancy K. says:

    I’m glad that you’re feeling better!
    How bad was the H1N1?

    Ya know…I bet if you DRINK enough of that stuff, you’ll NEVER get sick!


  4. Donna says:

    The H1Ni was bad- I have been down for 12 days. For me not so much fever and achiness as debilitating cough, fatigue and gastrointestinal symptoms (I won’t get any more graphic). Tom bounced back more quickly but he NEVER gets sick (probably because he does drink enough cider) so that he was ill at all is quite unusual. It did not kill me though, and I am feeling almost 100% so all is well that ends well for me. There are 1000 people so far who have died in the US and a lot more coming so I am fortunate. I was definitely going to get the vaccine, but the flu got me first.

  5. Donna says:

    By the way, I do realize that Aerosmith was not singing about something as exciting as washing and pressing apples!

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