American Cider Apples

Heirloom Cider Apples from America

America’s history is really a history of the apple and for most of that history, it was not just the apple but cider. Not cider as most American’s would define it today but, cider as its defined in Europe and many other countries around the world. What many Americans now call hard cider, which simply … Continue reading American Cider Apples

June Gloom: A Cider-Maker’s Struggle

June Gloom: A Cider Maker’s Challenge

If you live in Southern California, June Gloom means the time of year when clouds roll in and it gets overcast, cool, and gloomy. It’s most common in June but … Continue reading June Gloom: A Cider-Maker’s Struggle

Natural Preservatives: Killer Factors

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Killer toxins to prevent Brettanomyces spoilage In my research on preservatives like Campden (potassium metabisulfite) and potassium sorbate that are commonly used in wine and cider to preserve the cider … Continue reading Natural Preservatives: Killer Factors

Apple Tree Propagation: Scion and Bud Grafting

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Apple Tree Propagation: Scion and Bud Grafting Apple trees do not grow true from seeds. Just like people, they take genes from both parents and create a new apple. It … Continue reading Apple Tree Propagation: Scion and Bud Grafting

Apple Tree: The Pollination Impact of Ploidy

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The impact of ploidy on apple tree pollination. Apple trees are generally not self fertile and even those advertised as such will often be more productive if there is a … Continue reading Apple Tree: The Pollination Impact of Ploidy