Near the end of the tour, they handed out bottles of apple juice or cider—I couldn’t tell because the label had detached from my bottle (it had been immersed in ice water). Then I remembered some advice from Ned Flanders: “If it’s clear and yella, you’ve got juice there, fella; if it’s tangy and brown, you’re in cider town!”
I took a look at the bottle. Brown. I took a taste. Tangy. I was in cidertown!
Watch Ned Flanders explain it himself (including the important late season and Canadian exceptions):
I’ll have much more about the tour in a little while over at Ethicurean.
(The photo at the top is the hammer mill portion of the cider-making machine, the part that mashes the whole apples into bits.)