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by womblesd
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: First attempt at cider
Replies: 4
Views: 3532

Re: First attempt at cider

The sulfur dioxide will leave a bad taste in the finished cider if too much is used. The experienced cider people say "better to use to little than to much".
by womblesd
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: First attempt at cider
Replies: 4
Views: 3532

Re: First attempt at cider

No, I do not want "Brett", as to much will spoil the cider. I used a half-dose of sulfur dioxide to kill the "bad" yeasts.
by womblesd
Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: First attempt at cider
Replies: 4
Views: 3532

First attempt at cider

Pressed my first batch of apples from orchard started in 2008. Had enough to fill one 6 gallon carboy. I've spent the last several years reading every book I could find on making cider, but this is my first attempt. I am attempting to make a wild yeast ferment; if there are not enough wild yeasts fo...
by womblesd
Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Fruit Trees and Orchard Maintenance
Topic: Trees refusing to branch...
Replies: 6
Views: 5052

Re: Trees refusing to branch...

Next late winter/early spring, pierce the bark just above a bud with a pocket knife. This will cause bud to branch.
by womblesd
Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: rootstock for heavy clay
Replies: 1
Views: 3048

Re: rootstock for heavy clay

M111 is doing well for me in western Ill. Soil is clay loam. I have started some trees on b118, but its to early to determine results.
by womblesd
Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Plan for 2013?
Replies: 4
Views: 4191

Re: Plan for 2013?

1) Graft 150 more antique apples, increasing my # of varieties from ~ 30 to ~ 50.
2)dig up, plant and cage ~ 75 apple trees grafted last year
3) Prune, train, etc.
4)Hopefully, with enough production from by trees planted in 2008, try my hand at fermenting cider for the first time.
by womblesd
Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Apples, Cider and Variety and Other Fruit Questions
Topic: Low Chill cider variety East of Atlanta
Replies: 7
Views: 6760

Re: Low Chill cider variety East of Atlanta

Here is a link of cider variety descriptions. I started a cider orchard 5 years ago, acquiring my initial trees from Vintage Virginia Apples, and had very positive experiences with them.

http://www.vintagevirginiaapples.com/cidervarieties.htm
by womblesd
Fri May 04, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Apple Crops In Other Places
Replies: 5
Views: 5902

Re: Apple Crops In Other Places

buds survived in western Illinois
by womblesd
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Living in France and choosing trees ..
Replies: 5
Views: 4567

Re: Living in France and choosing trees ..

Here in the states, B118 works well in the northern cold climates.
by womblesd
Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Archives
Topic: Apple graftlings
Replies: 4
Views: 5125

Re: Apple graftlings

I started my orchard with one year old whips; now I am expanding it with grafts from the original trees. Its a lot cheaper buying 300 grafts than buying 300 whips. You may need to grow the grafts in a nursery for a year, then transplant to orchard as one year whips.
by womblesd
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Is this a Roxbury Russet?
Replies: 5
Views: 4199

Re: Is this a Roxbury Russet?

how about asmeads kernal?
by womblesd
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Is this a Roxbury Russet?
Replies: 5
Views: 4199

Re: Is this a Roxbury Russet?

they look similar to my my golden russets which produced for first time this year.
by womblesd
Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Permanent tree labels
Replies: 3
Views: 3830

Re: Permanent tree labels

Cut strips out of aluminum cans with tin snips, & scribe the description with a sharp awl, nail, etc. Poke a hole in each, and hang with aluminum or stainless wire.