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01-27-2015, 09:56 PM
Hello to everyone on this forum. I have tried searching previous threads, but haven't found what I am looking for. This is my question... Can I core and shred apples, adjust for specific gravity, ferment down to say 1.040 and then press the pulp? Is there any reason that you have to press prior to the ferment? Thanks for any advice anyone may have.

01-28-2015, 03:58 AM
Why would you core them? What specific gravity are you wanting to start at as apples range themselves from 1.040 to 1.060 so that is not much of a range, why would you stop at 1.040 and press? What is your purpose for this? Some people think that you can get more tannins from the skins doing this while others think that the tannins get bound up by something released from the skins and actually decreases the tannins. Read some of the crabapple threads, some of those guys so it they way you are describing but I think at the end stage of fermenting is more straining then pressing as the pulp gets chewed up. It seems to be much harder getting things out of apple skins than grape skins. We have a wild apple on our farm that bleeds red color under the skin, hoping to get a little red color from a sweet apple instead of getting red color from crazy high acid apples. WVMJ

01-28-2015, 06:01 AM
I thought by coring I could remove possible bitterness from the seeds. I suppose a beginning OG of 1.100. I was also thinking that the apples would press easier after a few days fermenting.

Medsen Fey
01-28-2015, 12:08 PM
If you don't have a press, if you core apples and then freeze/thaw, you can get a very nice yield of juice. Otherwise, my approach is to press then ferment. If you want to try to pick up more tannins, you can add some pulp/peel and see if that gets you where you want to be.


01-30-2015, 09:03 AM
Thanks for replying, I appreciate the answers.

01-30-2015, 12:45 PM
Medsen, curious as to why you would go thru the trouble of coring them before freezing? WVMJ

Medsen Fey
01-30-2015, 02:54 PM
I don't know that you have to, but that's what Luc Volders described in his experiments on his blog. Most info you get on freezing apples says peel and core them, but they are mostly expecting folks to be cooking with them, not juicing them later. Coring is probably not necessary.


01-30-2015, 05:13 PM
When they make ice cider, one way it to freeze the whole apple and press them when they partially thawed. I dont think they are to worried about the cores or seeds. WVMJ

bathtub brewer
01-30-2015, 08:41 PM
Just a heads up. Apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide.

01-31-2015, 03:22 AM
By the time fermentation has finished the cyanide is gone from one process or another happening, plus the mounts are rather tiny. I know several people that juice daily, including apples, eat apricot kernels, also containing large amounts, and have no ill effects. Lengthy but very informative bit here on cyanide and daily living in the US. (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp8-c2.pdf)