Well, I have managed to do half of the apples so far. Freezing them definitely worked. What really helped thought was using a fruit press, this is definitely on my list for future buys. A kind freecycler lent me one…thanks Jacqui! This made it just SO much easier. I find Freecycle really good, and you meet such nice people and by default quite a few with similar interests. I posted up a wanted ad for a cider press and Matt contacted me about cider making and made the suggestion that you can reuse the spent mash to make a second batch of weaker cider!
I am having a few problems getting it to start fermenting. I think it may need a bit of sugar so have added a bit.