What is your favourite cider?
Need to get onto proper apples
My own. I grow Gravensteins (15 acres, originally planted by my great-grandfather), and cider's the best way to preserve and enjoy the ripe-picked flavo(u)r long-term :-)
I haven't been impressed with any commercial cider here in the US.
Currently trying to become licensed to produce small-batch calvados/applejack.
Calvados/applejack experiment is coming along slowly. We have about a hundred gallons of 110 proof booze from four vintages aging in 2.5 gallon oak casks down in the wine cellar (43F/6C). Last year's is rocket fuel crossed with paint stripper at the moment, but the four year old is coming along quite nicely, if sipped over ice. We know the process works, the only question is will it age out to a marketable product.
Yes, it's all legal and above board. The process itself is easy, but the .gov insists on making life difficult. The paperwork is a bitch, and we have to pay all excise taxes. And we're not licensed to allow the end product off the premises yet. Onwards & upwards ...
... fractional distillation by crystallization. It, like all forms of alcohol concentration, is highly regulated and taxed by the federal government. They want their cut, even for private use.
I have (legally!) fiddled about with the ice method, but I prefer the results of a common or garden pot still ... for one thing, the freeze method concentrates methanol, but the pot still allows that part to be easily discarded.
Still aging on wood here, but getting quite drinkable when chilled. We'll bottle the first batch when it's drinkable at room temperature or a little warmer, probably in another couple-five years.
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