Mechanical engineer uses his skills to squeeze apples
Palladino Farms & Heritage Hill Brewhouse in Pompey celebrated its 175th anniversary with an Oktoberfest celebration this weekend.
The fresh apple cider was a big hit on Sunday.
For Jack Cummings, squeezing apples is no easy task. But with the help of her 12-year-old daughter and her friends, they make fresh apple cider that customers love.
“We tried to make just one apple and it’s really simple,” said mechanical engineer Jack Cummings. “When you mix them up, it just spices things up. “
Cummings started squeezing apples himself eight years ago with the machine he built by hand. The hobby started for him at the age of 5, when he was making cider with his father. Now he is teaching his daughter.
“All the neighbors who have an orchard, I ask if I can make apple cider,” Cummings said. “They say ‘yes, we are not doing anything with them.’ So they love it when I bring back a few gallons of cider.
It’s about pairing the apples well and squeezing them properly for a perfect sip.
Cummings made about 60 gallons over the weekend. During apple season, he usually prepares a bath of about 500 gallons.