Some new pictures added to the Photo Gallery (2013-09 & 2013-11) and as promised below is a picture of the new press stand – constructed this year and proving to be a quality addition/enhancement to the kit list.
The new Cider Press Stand!
7 batches of Sider made this year
7 sources of apples this year
500g of sultanas used
3kg of sugar used (varying types)
1 five gallon bucket of grapes used
300g of honey used
2 gallons (ish) of Perry made
91 gallons in total produced or in production
Which is approx 414 litres
Which equates to approx 728 pints
Batch 7 pulped and pressed today, 5 gallons made from the remaining apples from last weekend, topped.up with some from the garden.
This takes the total to 91 gallons for this year and to celebrate this record the last batch will be known as “ninety one”.
Having not managed to finish working through all 14 crates last weekend, tomorrow sees the processing of the last crate plus any more that have fallen off my own tree to complete the final batch.
This years acquisitions to the equipment list amount to:
– 4 more fermenting bins to cater for the increase in production (mostly a result of the additional apples supplied)
– 2 more buckets for the pulped apples
– 1 newly built press stand (designed and built exclusively for Woodley Sider)
A mammoth session today, started at 9am and finished at around 6.30pm! The reason for this was 27 gallons pulped and pressed, a record for a single batch, and we’ve still a large crate of apples left to do (next week)!
That takes this year’s production to 86 gallons, which should keep the pub (news coming soon on that one) and next year’s beer festivals in stock.
A new brew for this batch is a gallon of apple and honey (known as cyzer apparently) which should be interesting. The cider equivalent of mead.
A result of today’s mammoth pulping and pressing is that both Adam and I are broken now!
Final batch of the year being pulped and pressed this Sunday, looking at around 20 gallons to make judging by the quantity of apples this time round, maybe more! :-S
Gonna be an early start with amount we’ve got to get through.
Huge apple collection made today from Purley-on-Thames – looks like it could be enough to make another 15 gallons – plus got a ‘shed’ load more apples being delivered tomorrow! Batch 6 to be pulped and pressed next weekend.
First lot of boxing/bottling done today too…. (4 fermenting bins worth)
2 bins racked off and should be ready for bottling in a couple of weeks.
Had a little taster of the chilli Sider (nearing the end of fermentation) and Wow……. not the faint hearted that one!
A smaller batch made yesterday, 7 gallons of apple & pear (or Spider as we like to call it) and all done using the new custom made cider press stand (photos to follow soon, and blueprints currently with the patent office). Thinking about getting some decal for it too, just need to decide what though!
So with that 7 gallons we’ve hit a new record for a season, with a total of 59 gallons produced (or in production) and still the prospect of another batch to come (had indications that some more apples may be coming our way!)
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Batch 4 pulped, pressed and ready for yeast addition tomorrow!
15 gallons done this time round…
6 gallons of plain and simple apple Sider.
6 gallons of, what we’re going to call Strudel Sider (with 1kg of dark brown sugar, 500g of juicy sultanas and some cinnamon sticks added) – should make for an interesting one!
2 gallons of pear Sider (hopefully we’ll have better luck this year with the Perry making)
1 gallon of chilli Sider (will it/won’t it work, we’ll have to wait and see)
All in all a productive day yesterday. Huge thanks to Adam and James for their help.