The office (ha ha) is now closed for Christmas, see you all in 2016!
Yep, I know…. I said a few weeks ago that batch 7 was the final batch, but got offered some apples from someone in Earley and couldn’t pass up on free apples!
So this afternoon was spent ‘doing’ batch 8, 11.5 gallons which takes the total for this year to just below 70 gallons.
Also added some finished cider into the chestnut barrel to give it a little additional flavouring; plus bottled, capped & labelled 120 bottles for Orchard Box (see previous plug for them) which are now ready for collection.
Lastly the demi john of chilli sider (which had some interesting dried chillis added to it) was bottled – 14 bottles so extremely limited edition that one!
If you want to see how many apples made 11.5 gallons then check out the image below…
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This weekend is potentially the final batch of Woodley Sider making for the season, acquired a few apples to go with the remaining apples off the tree, hopefully enough for 5 gallons.
Racking of previous batches almost complete, some re-racked to produce a sweeter cider this time round (at a slightly lower percentage).
Batch 6 made at the weekend after an early morning scrumping on a roundabout in Bracknell… 9.5 gallons pulped, pressed and now fermenting away (well once the yeast takes effect).
Racked off 2 bins prior to fermentation completion which has given a sweet cider (first time attempt) which will hopefully keep it’s sweetness – need to keep an eye on it to ensure fermentation has actually stopped!
Delivery of bag-in-boxes today – should be enough to keep us for going for a few years (see pic below).
Bit of a catch up on this years production, 2 recent batches pulped, pressed and into fermentation:
Batch 4 – 14 gallons (10 of which was made using apples that Tutts Clump Cider neglected to collect from a lady in Tadley – their loss, our gain!). The other 4 gallons are a perry made from locally sourced pears.
Batch 5 – Another batch of apples delivered by Mr Eley (thanks again!) – 7 gallons this time round, made from the same apples that were used in batch 1 – this time round they were a lot better (i.e. no mush!)
With regards to Batch 1 – they got racked off and some interesting dried chillis and are ready for a secondary racking off.
More apples expected in the next week or so….
Apples picked yesterday successfully pulped and pressed today with the help of Adam. 5.5 gallons made from the Brimpton Common apples and 6 gallons made from the Finchampstead apples.
Still got the Finchampstead pears to do at a later date… ran out of time today!
Racked off batch 1 (2 demi johns) and added some interesting dried chillis to secondary fermentation.
Scrumping (not strictly true as had permission from owners) today was successful… mostly apples but managed around 3 bags of pears as well. More apples (and possibly pears) arriving on Monday… just got to work out when to get it all pressed!!
Bags of apples (and a few of pears) collected today from Brimpton Common and Finchampstead.