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Cider

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. Cider Marker
Inscription.

The most common cider press of the 18th century was the two-screw press. Two men would turn the large wooden screws. As they turned, the roof was lowered onto the apple pulp. As the pressure increased, the cider flowed.

The first step in making cider was to grind hundreds of bushels of apples into pulp known in dialect as "dreschter." To insure the best cider, a combination of sweet & tart apples were ground into dreschter & placed in layers of rye straw in the bed of the press. When the roof was lowered the apples surrendered their nectar.
 
Location. 40° 31.086′ N, 75° 46.983′ W. Marker is in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, home of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown PA 19530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bush Meeting (here, next to this marker); Thanksgiving & Harvest Home (here, next to this marker); The Plain Dutch (a few steps from this marker); New Year's Day Lore (a few steps from this marker); The Candlemaker (a few steps from this marker); Funeral Feasts

Cider Marker and Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. Cider Marker and Other Markers
(a few steps from this marker); Dutch Folksong Tradition (a few steps from this marker); Dew of Heaven (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding Cider. Excerpt from "Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Cider. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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