So, during the production of the 2012 batch 2 on Sunday I came across a bag-in-box of the 2008 production so thought I’d give it a little taste.
Expecting it to be pretty past it I had a very small sip and to my surprise it was actually really nice, seems like it has aged very well – especially as it had been opened previously (seems the bag-in-box tap keeps it sealed pretty damn well!) I could label it as a vintage… maybe!?
Batch 2 pressed today, a healthy 6.5 gallons worth – straight/plain Sider this time round (but might oak age it come secondary fermentation).
Many thanks to Adam Leach for his help this time round, even managed to watch the GP during the production phase – the wonders of technology! 🙂
The 2nd batch of Sider production is taking place this weekend, even though it’s only a week since the first batch was done we’ve already got a pile of apples fallen from the tree! Will be collecting some more apples over the weekend and doing an apple extraction from the tree Sunday morning to top it up.
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.
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) 😉
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.
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:
The quality check of the Woodley Wobbler for the beer festival this weekend has passed with flying colours, damn tasty 😀
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.
Binfield Beaut is bottled (77 x 330ml bottles) and now ready for labels (yet to be designed!)….
Quite a distinctively different taste compared to the other Woodley Sider productions, with an almost grapefruit undertone to it (at least that’s what my tastebuds were telling me!)