Since my mom's yard and pretty much the entirety of the island is covered in apples this time of year, Andrew decided to try his hand at hard cider. As it turns out, this is no easy task. In short, the process consisted of first gathering, washing and smashing apples, then putting them into a press (which he built himself) and squeezing 25 liters of juice through a cheese cloth. This was followed by pasteurizing it all and finally putting it in a carboy to sit for the next couple weeks.
Now we're just waiting and hoping for the best. The trial batches turned out pretty well, so with any luck that's an indication. Next up we're probably going to make some non-alcoholic cider, but we haven't figured out how to store it since we don't have a proper canner or a cool place big enough. Any ideas will be appreciated.