Another three 5 gallon fermenting bins bottled/boxed, just leaving three demi-johns to be bottled at some point.
Also got enough apples (from a source in Binfield) to hopefully make another 5 gallons worth, which will be the last for this year – definitely!!!
Got a bit of bottling to do now….. 27 gallons (approx. 186 litres) is in need of bottling, eek!!! Should keep me busy next week, assuming I don’t manage to get a new assignment at work!
Got to work out what sized receptacles to use (combos of 10ltr bag-in-box, 5ltr bag-in-box, 500ml bottles, and 330ml bottles) – Krypton factor time!!! 🙂
Phase 1 – removal of labels from empty bottles (recycling 500ml beer bottles) – complete!
Phase 2 – sterilisation of 48 bottles, now drying…. 16 left for sterilising, once the 48 have dried. Still got a load of green bottles (75cl) that require cleaning, plus a delivery due of 60 330ml bottles for the limited edition mixed flavours that have been concocted this year, which will also need sterilising!
Phase 3 – Bottling and capping.
Phase 4 – Labeling (assuming I can remember what batch is in each bottle 😉 )
Have acquired some more apples, and looking to pick some more this coming weekend, so another brew (sorry ‘making’) is planned (when? I’m not quite sure yet!)….
This will definitely be the last for this season!
Found a better theme for the website (www.woodley-sider.co.uk) which seems to work a bit better than the old one (too much white space)….
Currently working on some new t-shirt designs, and will be putting up a showcase (in the gallery, or might even become a separate menu item) of those already designed and available, so watch this space… Also included in this is an advertising campaign, possibly taking the pi$$ out of the various perfume/scent adverts you see these days, all a bit of fun anyway!!!
Anyone with suggestions on t-shirt designs or ideas on merchandise then let me know via the usual channels. 🙂
17.5 gallons of the 23 have been racked off, another 5.5 gallon bin to go (a job for tomorrow or Thursday!)…
So, 23 gallons (4 bins worth) have decided to finish fermentation all on the same day! Now with just one remaining fermenting bin left the racking is going to be a challenge! I foresee quite a bit of cleaning/sterilising to happen! :-S
Well this year has exceeded all expectations as far as cider making is concerned, to the point that I’ve just had to place an emergency order for some more yeast!!!
Another 10.5 gallons crushed & pressed, massive thanks to Stu & Adam for their help again. Running out of fermenting vessels so unless I can get some racked off and bottled before the next batch of apples are ready then we’re probably looking at the quota for this season – which stands at approx. 50 gallons!
This weekend marks the last crushing/pressing of the season for 2011, and only looking to be around 2 gallons or so (depends on how many more apples I can retrieve from the tree climbing that beckons!).
Fermentation of the rest has been slow due to the cold weather, but hopefully should have a whole load to rack by the end of the month, and then bottling in time for Christmas 🙂
Still need to acquire some 275/330ml clear bottles for the new and interesting flavoured ciders I’ve experimented with this year.