Brew 1 bottled!

Brew 1 which was crushed & pressed on 27/8 has been bottled – 2x 10ltr bag-in-boxes for the Redshoot Beer (& cider) festival this weekend, to go with the 4x 5ltr bag-in-boxes that I have left over from last years brew. I was also able to bottle up 8x 75cl green bottles with the remainder of the 6 gallons.

Had a quick taste of this years brew and it’s quite a lot different in flavour to last years (a result of the different apple varieties acquired this year)

New T-Shirt design!

New Woodley Sider T-Shirt design out now! Get your orders in quick for a fantastic special offer price of only £5 per t-shirt (limited offer, ends Oct 4th!).

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1 pint = 1 of your 5-a-day*
5 pints = memory loss**
* maybe, but probably not!!
** probably, but maybe not!!

Latest update from Woodley Sider

Racked off the first brew from 27/8, so that’s 5.5 gallons of apple Sider completed fermentation and now transferred to another fermenting bin to settle ready for bottling in a week or so – hopefully in time for the Redshoot Beer Festival.

6 crates of apples are currently soaking in water to give them a clean ready for the next session of crushing & pressing this weekend.

5ltrs from the 2008 brew have had the tap removed from the bag-in-box and the opening covered with some muslin to let it breathe and hopefully develop into Woodley Sider Vinegar!

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Preparation for Brew no. 3

Acquired more apples this weekend, 2.5 crates via CK, 0.5 crates from Laithwaites trees in Theale, and 2 crates off my own trees! (And there are still more to get off our trees, but need assistance getting up the tree at the weekend!).


4 gallons of re-pressing done, 3 of apple and mixed berries, and 1 gallon of pear. 1 of those gallons has had additional sugar added to bump up the alcohol level so that could prove interesting! The others are all around the 2-3% mark, so lighter in strength as expected.

Batch 2 of Woodley Sider.

14 gallons pressed, 6 gallons apple, 5 gallons pear & apple, 1 gallon pear, 1 gallon apple & blackberry, and 1 gallon apple, raspberry and blackberry. Some interesting combinations this time round. And kept some of the pulp for re-pressing for a lighter brew, if it works. Many thanks to Adam for his invaluable help.

The Crusher Stand!

Now being the proud owner of a crusher, and having used it once perched over a bucket it was obvious that a stand of some kind was going to be required. Below is a plan for that stand, drawn up using Google SketchUp and currently in the workshop for production.

Click on the image for a full size (un-cropped) version. If this works I shall consider patenting the design ;o)

The crusher will sit on the top, secured down so that minimal movement can take place and there is room underneath on the small platform for a 25ltr bucket to catch the crusher fruit.