2019 Production – Boxing…!

160 litres of sider boxed today, and still got 6 fermenting bins to work through another weekend! Labels designed, just need printing and attaching to the boxes ready for this year’s beer & cider festivals, get your orders in!! 🙂

2019 Production – Batch 5 (the final batch)

5th and final batch of sider made this weekend and today (a re-pressing), only a small batch to finish the season (as far as pulping and pressing is concerned) with a modest 7.5 gallons.

This takes the season up to a comfortable 69 gallons in total (shame we didn’t quite hit the 70) although does open up a few avenues for names for the final batch!! 😉

Now the fun begins with racking, ageing, flavouring (different flavoured wood chips), blending and boxing/bottling…. Well I might leave it until after Christmas/New Year!! 🤪

2019 Production- batch 4

Another successful cider making today (following yesterday’s pulping of apples into 10 large buckets).

18 gallons made, thank goodness for the hydraulic press… Made it that much easier!

This takes this seasons total up to 61 gallons so far! If you want to know what that much looks like, see below… Circa 490 pints there!!!

More photos of the day to feature on the FB page in due course!

2019 Production – Batch 3

Using apples that were scrumped yesterday from a roundabout in Bracknell, another 11 gallons have been added to this seasons production. This follows on from a re-press done earlier in the week following last weeks cider pressing.

The total for this season stands at ~42 gallons so far….

2019 Production – Batch 2

Using apples from my garden this time round (and there are still a stack left on the tree) today’s batch came in at 6.5 gallons, and should result in a sensible 4.7% abv.

New press used producing more yield from the pulp than the old press and quite a lot easier, happy days!

2019 Production – Batch 1 Complete!

First batch of the season completed (pulped & pressed) ready for some yeast in a couple of days.

A good start to the season with 20.5 gallons made, with some different variations to start:

  • Apple with honey added (the cider equivalent to mead)
  • Apple & Blackberry
  • Apple & Pear
The apple & blackberry – looks slightly sinister!

Bracknell Ale and Cider Festival 2019

For the 2nd year running Woodley Sider will be available at the Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival (Bracknell Rugby Club) on the 26th of May. You can visit their site here where you can find out more about the festival and purchase tickets.

The siders that will be on offer this year will be:

  • Barnyard Funk ’17 @ 5.0%
  • Rustic Sider Mk1 @ 6.8%
  • Funky Bajan @ 8.4%


Reading CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2019

Once again Woodley Sider will be available at this year’s Reading CAMRA beer & cider festival, this time there will be more varieties on offer:

Barnyard Funk ’17 (5.0%) – this is a bit of a funky cider, not refined in any way so proper cider without all the shenanigans!

Wonky (6.3%) – standard dry cider, blend of different apples.

Blended Mystery (6.0%) – a magical mystery blend of leftovers (for want of a better word) from other batches when bottled/boxed. Will be an interesting one!

RP 42.1 (4.2%) – repressing with some added sugar to boost the %age a little.

W58.1 (5.8%) – standard dry cider from the 2017 production.

Funky Bajan (8.4%) – a dry cider with added molasses to not only boost the %age but also give it a rum style finish.

Rustic Sider Mk2 (6.8%) – exactly what it says on the tin!!

Pop along this coming bank holiday weekend to try some out…. As with most of my ciders I suggest letting it breathe a little in the glass before drinking as it helps with the flavour and aroma. 🙂

2018 Production – Poor Season!

This year has proved to be a poor season for Woodley Sider as far as apples and sider making is concerned. Our trees were somewhat thin on the ground as far as crop is concerned so only the one batch made this year, and the majority of those apples came from elsewhere!

Fingers crossed next season will be better.