GOT APPLES? WANNA MAKE CIDER?
We have cider making equipment for public use. Bring your apples and turn them into fresh squeezed cider! Make an appointment and our staff and trained volunteers will be ready to help you use the electric grinder and bladder press. You will need 4.5 bushels of apples to do one pressing. That makes 11 gallons of cider. This is best done with a group. Children are welcome as long as they are supervised by an adult. It takes about 1.5 hours to make cider from washing the apples to jugging the cider. The cider pressing season isn't very long - only from September - mid October, so make your appointment today!
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The public cidery is a place for building community. The cidery coordinator will help connect you to others who want to press cider, people with apple trees, and volunteer opportunities. Check out some of the options for connection below.
- I have apples in my yard and want to share them with others.
- Fill out this survey to let us know who you are, where you are located, how to contact you and other information about your apples. The Cidery Coordinator will contact you to discuss options and confirm your desire to share your apples with others.
- I have some apples and want to make cider with others who have some apples too.
- Give us a call or email us to let us know how many apples you have and when you are available to make cider. We will do our best to schedule you with others who want to meet new people as well as make cider.
- Share the experience, share the costs (apples & cidery fee), and share the cider.
- I don't have apples and want to make cider.
- Check out our local orchards list if you want to buy apples to make cider.
- Contact the cidery coordinator to find out if there are others in your community that have apples and want to share them.
- Become a Cidery Volunteer (see more information below).
Includes a fruit washing station, an electric fruit grinder, a Lancman water press, and an iced bin to cool cider.
The best cider is made from a variety of apples, including some that are more “sharp” or “bitter” tasting. Everyone’s tastes differ, but in general pressing at least 3 varieties of apples with different flavors will produce the most satisfying cider.
Each pressing requires 4.5 bushels (~192 lbs) of apples and produces 11-12 gallons of cider. On average, a 5-gallon bucket of apples weighs 20 lbs. The press must be full for proper use, so if you don’t have access to many types or to 4.5 bushels of apples, we suggest you connect with others who have apples and come to the Cidery together or buy "seconds" from your local orchard.
Apples for pressing must be picked from the tree or fall onto a tarp or cloth. Drops are not allowed as they can be contaminated by wildlife and harbor dangerous pathogens. It is best to pick apples when they are dry. Store apples in clean containers and plan on pressing as soon as possible. Keep apples as cool as possible between picking and pressing, ideally at or below 45 F. Don’t store wet apples as this can cause them to rot.
The juice you make will not be pasteurized, so it will have a limited shelf life. You might consider freezing it or cooking it into apple juice to preserve it for later. Cider is for personal use only and may not be sold commercially.
We will provide facilities where you can rinse your apples, but the apples you bring should be intact with no breaks in the skin or rot.
Children ages 10 and older can participate, younger children need to be supervised at all times.
Our bladder press uses water power to make the cider, about three times as much cider as a hand press can make (and no turning!)
The cider is bottled in sterile, food-grade jugs which freeze well. Jugs, caps and labels are supplied. Cider will be set on ice to stay cool.
All participants are expected to help with cleaning the equipment after use.
What do I bring?
All you need to supply are the apples and coolers to bring the cider home. Please also bring a mask and a hat (for inside the cidery) Everything else is supplied by us.
How long will it take?
About 1.5 hours is needed to complete a pressing, which includes washing, grinding, pressing, jugging and helping to clean up the equipment.
When is the Cidery open?
September - October. You must make an appointment to visit to the Cidery. When you arrive, volunteers will teach you the process of making cider. There is a 4 pressing limit per group.
How much does it cost?
$15.00 per pressing, which pays for the jugs, lids, and stickers.
Where is the Cidery located?
Sullivan County Complex on County Farm Rd. in Unity, NH.
What if I don't have enough apples?
Contact the Cidery Coordinator to find out your options.
Check Out our Public Cidery Brochure.
"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits." ~ Thoreau
The Mural on the Public Cidery building was designed and created by our Summer Artist, Allison Zito. The design was based on ideas and suggestions from local art students and Sullivan County Natural Resources staff. The mural was painted by 25 community volunteers in August 2021 and unveiled in a public ceremony in October the same year.
From Claremont: Take Chestnut St (2nd NH Turnpike) toward Unity, about 4.8 miles. At the Sullivan County Complex sign, continue straight onto County Farm Rd. Just after the cemetery turn right onto a gravel road. The blue building on the right houses the Cidery.
From Lempster and Route 10: Take 2nd NH Turnpike toward Claremont 10.1 miles. At the Sullivan County Complex sign, take a left onto County Farm Rd. Just after the cemetery turn right onto a gravel road. The blue building on the right houses the Cidery.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
The Cidery is open by appointment only on most weekdays and some weekends in September and October.
To schedule a cider-pressing appt. contact us by phone, 203.494.3982, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME A CIDERY VOLUNTEER
The Public Cidery is run by a coordinator and volunteers. Without our steadfast volunteers, we wouldn't be able to open the cidery for a much time each season. Volunteers help community members to go through the steps of turning their apples into cider and depending on their schedules, usually help with 2-4 pressings each season (September - mid-October). If you would like to volunteer, please let us know.