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.
Well the beer festival was a bit of a poor show as far as Woodley Sider was concerned (and most of the other ciders for that matter), not half a busy as usual so sales were low. You learn from these events and as a result Woodley Sider will be concentrating on producing Sider for the April beer (& cider) festival.
As a result I have 4 x 5ltr bag-in-boxes (approx. 8 pints) of last years (2010) production available @ £12 a box (that’s £1.50 a pint).
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)
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1 pint = 1 of your 5-a-day*
5 pints = memory loss**
* maybe, but probably not!!
** probably, but maybe not!!
17 gallons of Woodley Sider (apple only) pressed, taking the total so far this year to 41 gallons! A brewing record for 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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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.
Pics from this weekends Sider making session have been uploaded to the photo gallery, including some colourful images of the apple and blackberry pressing! Coming soon a video of the crusher in action as it demolishes the apple in seconds!