I've done it, but you need a big starter. Regarding the aging -- if you look at brewery operations you'll see that no one ages beer, aside from barlyewine. It doesn't matter if it's AB, a microbrewery, or a brewpub. Once it's done, it's done. Like most homebrewers, I've had beers that improved with age. Sometimes dramatically. That's just not the goal. Kind of like burning wet wood. ;-) I made a cider press at our old house from scrap wood and a piece of laminate countertop. The press was a 20 ton jack and I used plastic cutting boards for the pressing layers. It worked really well for the cost.