Good cider sources
As we get into the heart of the season for cider-making, it'd be nice to give a shout-out to the local cider mills that produce fresh, preservative-free, cider perfect for fermenting into hard cider.
Here's my source: Gould Apple Orchard, on Green Road, about 500 feet off of Illinois Route 47, just north of I-88, about 40 miles west of Chicago's Loop. They're the 6 generation running a century-old cider press run by a PTO belt from a farm tractor. The batch from which I got my cider was all of about 15 minutes old. City folk, note that you can't exit to IL 47 when you're westbound on I-88 (the next exit is all the way in DeKalb). Take the IL-56 exit, take the Galena Blvd exit from 56 and go west, then north on IL-47. Reverse to go home.
What your favorite cider source?
On deck: a clone of Carolina Beer Co's Rye Stout, clone of Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter,
Secondary: Dortmunder, Hopweizen
Keg Conditioning: Dunkelweizen, Roggenbier, Okto, Ord. Bitter
On tap: Alt, Hefeweizen, Cigar City Maduro clone, Mild
Bottled: Mead, Quad Rajet, Granola Bar Braggot
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