Week 7 ’17, Orchard Cider Year
February 15, INDOORS: Jeff, Wanda, Ben & Ryan, prepared to bottle Semi-Dry: machines lined up, first sparged bottles inverted into the turntable, counterpressure filler rinsed out with cider, corks & wire hoods loaded in the corker, music turned up, and – ten little seconds sacrificed for a blog photo. Because faces don’t show once the line starts up.
February 15, OUTDOORS: Praise to the snow, deeper and fluffier every minute! At lower left a look out through the press-room hopper, piled with snow where so many tons of cider apples rumbled through earlier (see OCY #49, 12/13/16.) Straight uphill from the press-room, Jacques peacefully prunes Calville Blanc. Later he’ll head down to that loud bottling line, when Ben leaves for a store tasting. LDS