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.
A successful day making sider today which included a climb up the tree to get to the nice juicy red ones at the top! ~11 gallons pressed ready for yeast in a couple of days.
Still plenty of apples on the tree but also on the look out for more (Mr.E thanks for the delivery of apples earlier in the week)!
Thanks as always go to Adam Leach for his invaluable help.
An interesting start to this years production with the first batch off apples that arrived the other week…. The consistency of the apples turned out to be a little on the squidgy side after washing and ended up making more of an apple sludge that apple juice! And only made around 2 gallons worth :-S
We’ll see how it works out over the next week or two… Let’s see how the next batch works out in a few weeks time when the apples should really start to ripen and the harvest really starts to take off.
Taken delivery of my first batch of apples (from external sources, thank you Mr. E!) today, enough for around 3-4 gallons. Seems this years harvest is starting that little bit earlier than previous years, better get the production line starting soon…
For a second year Woodley Sider will be available at Sherfest, a community festival in Sherfield. Check out the flyer below, and if you’re not busy then pop down and support the local community event.
The following Siders will be available:
- Bajan Brain Fade 2013 @ 8.3% (cider with added muscovado sugar)
- Ninety One @ 6.3% (dry cider)
- a&b @ 5.8% (apple and blackberry cider)
We are pleased to announce that for the 3rd year running Woodley Sider will be available at the Reading CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2015 (http://www.readingbeerfestival.org.uk/)
Siders available this year are:
- Super Strength Sider 7.9%
- WS14 Oak Aged 6.1%
- WS14 Chestnut Aged 6.4%
Use the above link to get your advance tickets or take a chance and turn up at the door (take note of the sessions that are being run though to maximise on your beer/cider drinking).
Last year’s production got barrelled today, using the newly purchased oak and chestnut barrels.
Now we wait to see what affect they have on the taste….. exciting times!
Very poor season this year for Woodley Sider, seems the apple supply has finished with only 14 gallons produced for the year! Very limited editions for this year, still hoping to utilise the newly purchased barrels though.
Anyone out there with any apples then please get in touch.