Making hard cider is hard work! The process that began in early March with the grinding and pressing of apples is, at last, reaching the final stages. During the past three months the pressed apple juice has undergone fermentation, several rackings (the process of transferring the juice from one tank to another while leaving behind all the solids that have settled to the bottom of the tank) and a resting process that allows all the natural flavors to mix and develop. Now it’s time to take this cloudy liquid and turn it into a clear hard cider that will be as appealing to the eye as it is to the taste buds.
Cloudy cider enters the filter through the hose on the left, and crystal
clear cider exits the filter through the hose on the right.
We are using a state-of-the-art crossflow filtration system that yields an exceptionally clear cider with excellent stability (meaning our cider will stay looking and tasting great). The filter can almost run itself, requiring minimal supervision and producing no environmentally damaging waste to be disposed of at the end. This is just one more way we are ensuring the highest quality product.
Next step…into the kegs!