Cider Apple varieties
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Looking to graft some cider apple varieties onto my trees this year and was wondering what types people grow and which ones you would recommend. There seems to be lots of different types of apples with different characteristics. Which characteristics make the best cider and what apple varieties should I choose.
Hi, I am only a beginner, but heard some good things about Yarlington Mill.
I just planted one on my property so it will be a few years before I get a decent crop.
I used to make lots of cider years ago and I used any apples I could find, quite often from old abandoned orchards.
It always turned out great.
I’d guess the sweeter the apple the more alcohol content.
Kingston Black (bitter sharp)
Improved Foxwhelp (bitter sharp)
Dabinett (bitter sweet)
Browns apple (sharp)
Egleton Styre (sweet
Yarlington Mill (bitter sweet)
I’m still experimenting with cider, but I believe, from reading, that a mixture of sharp, bitter and sweet makes good cider – just not sure of the proportions of each yet.
It’s a great shame that Badgers Keep is no longer operating. They had the most wonderful supply of olde worlde apples. Alas drought and fire got the better of them, I believe.
I grafted a few last year, thanks to scions from LadyB. (Thanks again!) Unfortunately they didn’t all take, but I have the following cider varieties:
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PM me if you would like any scions, I just ask that you send a pre-paid post bag, as I do myself when I get scions from folks.
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