2012 – Batch 1

First batch of the 2012 production of Woodley Sider, many thanks to Stuart Marlow for his assistance – would have taken me 3 times as long without his help!

Decided to jump straight into the experimental cider making, of the 5 gallons pressed, 1 will be fermenting with chopped raisins (god knows how that’ll turn out), 1 with 250g of Light Muscovado sugar dissolved (potential %age of 7.5% abv), and 3 left as is, but may get some different ‘treatment’ during secondary fermentation.

2012 production

Apple gathering for this years production has started, got nearly enough for a 5 gallon bin, bit of tree shake required to top it up and start the 2012 batch.

Watch out for a few interesting varieties this year, a bit more experimentation is in order!!!

Also got the challenge of new names for the 2012 batches so any suggestions then fire them my way, a 5 Litre box of 2011 production is on offer for the best suggestion (judging to be made by a independent party) 😉

T-Shirt Designs – Update on products!

I’m please to announce that I can now offer the following additional products to the list of merchanise available (i.e. not just standard t-shirts!)

Hoodies @ £25.00 (with full colour logos/images) – limited colours available, and they work best on white due to the design/colours.


Polo Shirts @£20.00 (with full colour logos/images) – limited colours available, and they work best on white due to the design/colours.


Mugs @ £10 (with twin images)


Prices are estimates and will depend on numbers of orders etc. however they shouldn’t be vastly different.

New T-Shirt Designs

Created a couple of new designs available to order, prices available on request.

The first design has a small logo on the breast (larger view of the logo to the right):


And the back has (list of cider names produced to date):

The second design has the following printed on the front of the T-Shirt:

Woodley Sider naming ceremony….

Didn’t get a huge response regarding witty (or non witty) names for the Sider that I’m due to take down to the Beer Festival in April, so I’ve come up with a few names myself and I’ll take a vote…

The choices are (unless someone comes up with any others), along with a brief explanation:

Newton Wonder – The largest apple tree variety we’ve got in our garden.
Mixed Bag – with multiple sources of apples, it’s kind of a mixed bag
Six percent – percentage of the Sider
Brands panking – the majority of the apples in this batch were from Brands House (say the name quickly)
BHS – stands for Brands House Special
Murky Pool – play on popular wine Cloudy Bay
Woodley Wobbler – Self explanatory really
TLP – Tastes Like Pi** (although it doesn’t!)

If you like a particular one or have another suggestion, then leave a comment against this post in Facebook or email using the link in menu above.

Play the name game!

Woodley Sider is going to be making an appearance at the Redshoot Beer Festival in April, and in order to avoid the confusion experienced last year (it didn’t taste the same as the previous beer festival – mostly because no ‘brew’ of Woodley Sider tastes the same) I need to come up with a name…

Make it boring, funny, rude (ish) whatever….

Get your thoughts in and I’ll choose a winner (4 bottles of Sider for the winner) 🙂


Woodley Sider – Super Strength (or WS – SS) is bottled and ready for drinking…

Originally set out to be a re-press at only 2.6% (abv) a few grams of sugar were added to push up to a healthy 9.8%, however it appears that it fermented beyond the estimated sugar content taking it to a mind-blowing 10.5% (hence Super Strength) so it’s not one to be taken lightly!!!

Just need to design a bottle label for it now.

Oh yeah, and it was a fruity combo re-press as well, so it’s slighly pink in colour!