Had a friend who offered to let me clean all the pears off a tree in his backyard. Naturally, I accepted. This left the Ragin' Mrs. and I with a conundrum - what do you do with a bushel of pears?
Make pear cider.
So, the Ragin' Mrs. set about finding a cider press. We looked at making our own, but the cost in supplies and time would be more than if we just found a decent press at a local antique shop. We eventually found one, and set about getting ready to press some pear cider. A few repairs to the squeezer board later, we have five gallons of pear cider sitting in a fermentation bucket. Add in one package of Munton's Premium Gold brewing yeast, put the lid on, and now we wait. This should end up at about 5% ABV, so it's not going to be a high-octane brew, just a very, very tasty one. My office has so many different projects brewing that it smells alternately like cherries, pears, or ginger depending on which batch just let loose some CO2.