Cottage Cider - Strong stuff!!

Still working on making use of the windfall harvest of apples.

12lbs or so of mixed apples
1 gallon warm water
1lb raisins
1 1/2 - 2lbs sugar

Wash and chop apples, place in bin, add water, raisins, sugar and activated yeast. Stir well and cover. Leave in a warm place for 2 weeks, stir and push down the pulp daily.

Strain the liquid into a demi john, leave to ferment out; transfer to a cooler place for a month or so, then siphon into strong bottles. Can be drunk soon after, but improves with age.

This is from Home Made Country Wines - tried and tested recipes collected by The Farmers Weekly.

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