The last 2016 batch of Woodley Sider got pulped and pressed today, a quieter year this time round, harvest wasn’t brilliant!
This batch consists of a 6 gallons of summer fruits sider (specially put together for Adam & Becci’s wedding next year) along with a couple of 1 gallon experiments. 1 gallon with some date nectar added; another with molasses sugar added; and the final one with ginger and cinnamon added. Will have to wait and see how they work out.
Total for the year comes to circa 28 gallons.
The next few months will be spent racking, bottling, boxing, tasting etc…
Another batch completed today, 6.5 gallons this time round. This one is a bit of a special one, combo of various sources of apples, including some cookers and also a few crab apples along with some pears. Oh yeah and we added some dark muscovado sugar to give it a little extra kick. Suggested name for this one is Mongrel!
Woodley Sider had a successful appearance at the Redshoot beer & cider festival down in the New Forest this weekend, with ‘Chilli Sider’ selling out pretty quick and ‘a,b&p Sider’ also selling well.
We’ll also be available at the Reading CAMRA beer & cider festival this week (this year marks our 4th year of supplying cider to the festival with an increase in order over the past 2 years) with the following being available:
110 litres of sider boxed yesterday (combination of 20ltr, 10ltr and 5 ltr bag-in-boxes) along with 66 330ml bottles filled with a little added sugar to hopefully give a bit of fizz! A little tasting took place as we bottled/boxed, with the perry batch tasting damn good! (need to try and get more pears this coming season)
Still more to go, 3 fermenting bins, numerous demi-johns and a 30ltr chestnut barrel.
Also added some chillis to a demi-john to make another batch of chilli shot sider, which turned out to be quite a popular choice – again in 5cl miniature bottles.
So the review I previously posted was awesome, and then this comes along…. Rikki Hammond (@TheC1derDr1nker) has published his top 10 of his latest reviews (from 151-250 so not a small number of ciders that we were up against) and Woodley Sider is in there, result! I won’t spoil it for you, but the following is worth a watch: