Cider Workshop

  • Worm Screw Juice Extractor ???
    I am thinking about importing into the US some industrial worm screw juice extractors (see link below). The goal is to make the apple pressing operation more streamlined and automated without so much manual labor of press pacl ing, cheezes, racks, lu…
    - 1 day ago Jun 27, 2017 -
  • What is the best single phase processing equipment available in the UK
    Hi all, its been a little while since I have been on here. My cider orchard is now up to 100 trees of various types up to 4 years old (to be fair more about collecting different types rather than thinking about the type of Cider I will get) I am clea…
    - 3 days ago Jun 25, 2017 -
  • Extra root stock question - how best to use this season
    I have about 20 whips of M7 root stock that were left over from my grafting class, I planted all of them into small pots and they are taking off well. In an effort not to waste opportunity Should I plant these this year in a location that I want tree…
    - 4 days ago Jun 24, 2017 -
  • Champagne method question
    I have been trying to plan a bottle conditioned cider made using the champagne method. My question is about the disgorging phase, after the plug is forced out by pressure and the bottle is topped off, is there a loss of pressure prior to corking the…
    - 6 days ago Jun 22, 2017 -
  • Fermenting in Spacekraft Bagged Boxes
    Hello. The local juice supplier are now offering Spacekraft Bagged Boxes as an alternative to IBCs. https://spacekraft.com/Open/index.html Does anyone have any experience fermenting cider (275 gallons) in the Bagged Boxes? Am I better to stick with t…
    - 7 days ago Jun 21, 2017 -
  • Aussie Cidermakers Job Opportunity
    Hi all, This may be of interest to some. Cider Australia member CORE Cider based in the Perth Hills of WA is looking for a Head Cidermaker to join the team. For those interested, a job description can be downloaded here
    - 9 days ago Jun 19, 2017 -
  • Adding Nutrients
    I have started adding nutrients to my must this year, thinking it will be a standard practice from now on. Then a very good cider maker suggested that I don't need to do this every year....didn't have time to elaborate on this comment, but got me thi…
    - 10 days ago Jun 18, 2017 -
  • Scale (?) Pest Identification and Suggestions for Measures to Take?
    Hi all, Noticed just last night one of my apple trees (Golden Russet on MM.106) seems to have a lot of these little bugs on it's new growth (see attached). The tree's had a pretty rough year, between being planted last spring, then getting nailed by…
    - 12 days ago Jun 16, 2017 -
  • 1000litre BiB? Plan ahead!
    There has been some discussion on the workshop re 1000l BiB. Just a word of warning if you buy from Auer in Germany - you need to plan ahead. I ordered 4 to see if we could incorporate them into our bottling/bagging set up (so we didn't need to packa…
    - 14 days ago Jun 14, 2017 -
  • Volatile Acitity
    VA seems to have a very broad meaning, can anyone describe it in a sentence, is it simply cider turning to vinegar? And how does a hobby cider maker test for it.....by smell? Sent from Outlook
    - 14 days ago Jun 14, 2017 -
  • Pottasium Metabisulfite at racking and MLF
    Hi Everyone I have a 120 litre batch of cider underway. This is bigger than any of my previous batches and as I result I am a bit unsure how to proceed. I have previously used an introduced commercial MLF culture in my ciders. I have racked the cider…
    - 15 days ago Jun 12, 2017 -
  • How much Mother to add to cider to make vinegar
    Hi, We have 600L of cider fermented without so2, tastes quite nice but slightly over oxidized. We are thinking it would make a good cider vinegar test. We have an 800L IBC that should be perfect leaving enough headspace and a nice warm area to place…
    - 16 days ago Jun 12, 2017 -
  • oak barrels and MLF
    Hi everyone As I slowly head towards my first commercial batch of cider here in Australia I am trying to clarify my processes a little. I would like to do two things... Age in Oak barrels for a time (I love the character oak brings to cider) Promote…
    - 17 days ago Jun 11, 2017 -
  • Cider & Perry Terminology & Troubleshooting
    A very interesting read from Michael Wilcox in the BJCP website, written as a guide for cider judges. http://dev.bjcp.org/newsletter/cider-perry-terminology-troubleshooting/ Thanks to Eric West for mentioning this in his News letter. Claude
    - 17 days ago Jun 11, 2017 -
  • BIB pasteurisation
    I was speaking to a wholesaler today about supplying bag in boxes via his company. He said he would only take pasteurised ones as he said he has some explode in the past in warm warehouses. I assured him mine definitely wouldn't as I don't back sweet…
    - 18 days ago Jun 9, 2017 -

Reddit

Old Time Cider

  • Hittin' the Mitten: Michigan Cider Tours Day 1 (West Michigan)

    Hittin' the Mitten: Michigan Cider Tours Day 1 (West Michigan)

    I recently travelled to back to Grand Rapids Michigan to judge in my third consecutive Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The 2013 "GLINTCAP" prove to be bigger and better than ever. Great Lakes Cider &Perry Association's Treasurer…
    - Apr 1, 2013 -
  • Hittin' the Mitten: GLINTCAP 2013 Intro

    Hittin' the Mitten: GLINTCAP 2013 Intro

    It's that time of year again and I am finding myself in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan to be a guest judge at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The judging starts Sunday with the judges workshop happening tomorrow evening t…
    - Mar 20, 2013 -
  • Transplanting a cider apple orchard at Finnriver Farm & Cidery.
    Quick post from the weekend. My brother Ryan and I spent Saturday with some friends up in Chimacum, Washington transplanting a few trees at Finnriver's brand new cider apple orchard block. Sadly Washington suffered a bittersweet cider loss last year…
    - Feb 18, 2013 -
  • Snowdrift Cider Co. on KCTS PBS Seattle
    Snowdrift Cider Company laying down cider knowledge and dishing out cider tastes on KCTS 9. 8+ minutes worth. Grab a glass of cider and relax... 
    - Feb 15, 2013 -
  • In-Cider Sounds - Podcasting Cider

    In-Cider Sounds - Podcasting Cider

    Man has cider blogging blown up or what? I'll save that for another post that is unless someone reads this and beats me to the punch. ;) I rattle off a good number of new cider blogs and micro-blogs just in the last few months. It's a phenomenon here…
    - Feb 6, 2013 -
  • The Windy City Takes on Cider

    The Windy City Takes on Cider

    Craft Cider is once again meeting in Chicago this week for CiderCon 3. In it's 3rd year CiderCon has reported having over 200 attendees. Besides the usual run of the mill cider chit-chat and industry talk this group will be discussing a National cid…
    - Feb 5, 2013 -
  • The 8th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition - Call for Entry

    The 8th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition - Call for Entry

    The Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear FermentationsMarch 23rd  & 24th , 2013The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not for profit organization formed to showcase and promote the art of apple and pear fermentation beverages and provide related e…
    - Jan 27, 2013 -
  • Port Townsend Cider Route

    Port Townsend Cider Route

    If you live in or plan on making a visit to the Northwest you are in luck. One of the best cider day trips anywhere is up in Port Townsend Washington where there are 3 terrific craft cidermakers all of them nesteled all up in the mountains and trees…
    - Jan 26, 2013 -
  • New Cider Infographic

    New Cider Infographic

    Well how could I not post this. I mean graphic design and cider? Two of my greatest loves in life and the image below does both much justice. Get some cider history from the American perspective and some fun and interesting facts of cider's amazing g…
    - Jan 25, 2013 -
  • Tieton Cider Works Video
    I know these folks and this is the real deal let me tell you and their little piece of the Yakima Valley is just that gorgeous. Tieton Cider Works is the Northwest's fastest growing cider company and their reach is starting to stretch out around the…
    - Jan 24, 2013 -

Real Cider

  • Make cider? You can enter a new BBC amateur food producer show

    Make cider? You can enter a new BBC amateur food producer show

    Studio Lambert, the production company behind the BAFTA-winning Gogglebox, are making a brand new series for the BBC and looking to speak to artisan food and drink producers who would like the unique opportunity to showcase their products. This exci…
    - 23 days ago Jun 5, 2017 -
  • London Amateur Cider Maker Competition

    London Amateur Cider Maker Competition

    Do you make cider from London apples? If so, get your entries in now for the first ever London Amateur Cider Maker competition we are running at a beer and cider festival in March. It’s free for any one to enter. There are plenty of home brewing co…
    - Jan 5, 2017 -
  • 2016 CAMRA Real Cider pub of the year

    2016 CAMRA Real Cider pub of the year

    A Wincanton pub crowned best in UK for cider by CAMRA. Somerset has long been regarded as the home of proper, high-quality cider. And now this accolade has been cemented, after a pub near Wincanton was crowed the best place to drink cider in the who…
    - Oct 10, 2016 -
  • Bristol Cider Shop relocates to bigger premises

    Bristol Cider Shop relocates to bigger premises

    Goodbye Christmas Steps, hello Wapping Wharf! The time has come to raise a glass to our friends Bristol Cider Shop, at Christmas Steps and wish them as they begin a new adventure at Wapping Wharf! They will be open for business at Wapping Wharf on…
    - Oct 10, 2016 -
  • Somerset orchards ‘pick your own’ opened by local mp

    Somerset orchards ‘pick your own’ opened by local mp

    West Bradley Orchards, located in the heart of Somerset, home of British Cider, opened a series of ‘Pick Your Own’ weekends in September with a picnic attended by local MP David Warburton and his family. The Pick Your Own days take place every we…
    - Sep 20, 2016 -
  • Learn to make cider the Butford Way – Cider Making Courses

    Learn to make cider the Butford Way – Cider Making Courses

    Learn to make cider the Butford Way, Champion Perry winners at Royal Bath & West Show 2016. The cider making course is simple, straightforward and fun. The day course are ideal both for the enthusiastic amateur and those with commercial aspirations.…
    - Aug 8, 2016 -
  • The Mobile Orchard Project, by Moss Side Cider Maker

    The Mobile Orchard Project, by Moss Side Cider Maker

    Dan joined the Helping Britain Blossom team in July 2015 as the Project Manager for Greater Manchester. His love of orchards, apples, juicing and cider came about when looking to start a meanwhile project on the wasteland that was once the iconic Mo…
    - May 12, 2016 -
  • Apple Infographic from Thatchers

    Apple Infographic from Thatchers

    This infographic of ‘periodic table of apples’ – has nice information if you are looking for which apples to select for cider making.  Much like a brewer has hops to give beer it’s unique character, flavour – cider, desert and cooking appl…
    - Mar 18, 2016 -
  • Lost In Cyder Space @ Craft cider (and beer) rising 2016

    Lost In Cyder Space @ Craft cider (and beer) rising 2016

    Over 150 breweries will showcase over 600 beers and ciders again this year to a backdrop of Djs and live music including headliner Rob da Bank. Beer and cider aficionados can look forward to sampling over 600 different beers and ciders next month as…
    - Feb 9, 2016 -
  • Wassail Events 2016

    Wassail Events 2016

    Wassail, Wassail all over the town! Join us once again to bless the orchards and celebrate another great year with singing, dancing music and merriment! Here’s a list of regional Wassail events around the UK – 1/ Roger Wilkins, Mudgeley, Somerset…
    - Jan 11, 2016 -

Rockingham Forest Cider

  • Leicester CAMRA Cider Bar 2016
    As the hungry snail-bearing Thrush awakens mighty Smaug in his mountain kingdom, so too does Susan Kite rouse this sleepy blog from slumber with the gentle tap-tap-tapping of the 2016 Leicester CAMRA Cider & Perry list.Real cider-drinking Elves and D…
    - Feb 10, 2016 -
  • Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival 2015
    Like the gridlock and panic of an English snow-flurry, the arrival of the Leicester CAMRA Beer & Cider festival is something we can both rely on, and sneak time off work for, every year without fail. For this we give thanks to the hard working orga…
    - Feb 23, 2015 -
  • Ciderhouse News - Cidermaking 2014
    Here's a short round-up of what's been happening at Rockingham Forest Cider recently. As you'll notice from the pic above, we have a new certificate for the ciderhouse wall, having gone one better than our previous Silver effort in 2011 and won Gold…
    - Oct 21, 2014 -
  • Ciderhouse News - June 2014
    We're approaching 'Peak-Cider' time here at Rockingham Forest Cider, with both cider and perry (almost) literally flowing out of the ciderhouse and straight down the throats of thirsty customers. Almost! We do have to transfer the golden liquid into…
    - Jun 24, 2014 -
  • More May Merriment
    Polish-up your Half-pint Tankards and iron your Bermuda Shorts, the bank holiday is very nearly here, and there's more cider and perry to be drunk than even I can handle. The unpredictable month of May promises to go out in a similar fashion to how i…
    - May 16, 2014 -

Whiz Bang Cider

  • How To MakeA Proper Cheese For Pressing Cider

    How To MakeA Proper Cheese For Pressing Cider

    By: Herrick KimballDateline: 21 July 2012 (click drawings to see enlarged views)This is NOT what you want to happen when you press cider. Fortunately, this sorry outcome is very easy to avoid. Continue reading to learn the basics of making a proper…
    - Jul 21, 2012 -
  • Welcome to the most remarkably efficient, surprisingly simple, and downright affordable home cidermaking system ever devised!
    Greetings.This is an old "home page" for this web site.Please CLICK HERE to go to the new web page.Thank you.
    - Sep 5, 2010 -
  • Here's How I MakeApple Cider Vinegar

    Here's How I MakeApple Cider Vinegar

    One of the great things about making your own sweet apple cider is that you can use some of it to make your own apple cider vinegar. It so happens that cider vinegar is very easy to make, as you’re about to see. The picture above shows three one-ga…
    - Sep 5, 2010 -
  • Links to Homebrew Suppliers

    Links to Homebrew Suppliers

    As a rule, I don't drink alcoholic beverages. But I make an exception when it comes to hard cider. An occasional glass of homemade hard cider is a very pleasurable experience, indeed. I have a rural neighbor who delights in making and bottling (and d…
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Whizbang Cider Press Parts

    Whizbang Cider Press Parts

    "Thought I'd let you know the package arrived a few minutes ago.  I opened it up and was instantly impressed: there is no way we could make anything of this quality, or as easy to keep clean and sanitary, as these items are--and we're pretty handy p…
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Other Homemade Grinders and Presses on the Internet

    Other Homemade Grinders and Presses on the Internet

    My Whizbang cidermaking system is not the only way to make cider. And I don't claim it is superior to all other cidermaking approaches (but it sure is superior to most I've seen). Therefore, in the interest of good cidermaking disclosure, I want to i…
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Whizbang Makes Cider Easy!Whizbang Makes Cider Fun!
    ===================================Welcome to the most remarkably efficient, surprisingly simple, and downright affordable home cidermaking system ever devised!===================================Click Here to Go to the new Homepage of this web site
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Rack-and-Cloth-in-TubCider Pressing (a better way to git 'er done)

    Rack-and-Cloth-in-TubCider Pressing (a better way to git 'er done)

    In the first printing of my Whizbang Cider plan book (and in this online photo-essay) I tell how to press cider by lining the wood-slat pressing tub with a pressing-cloth bag, then filling the bag with layers of apple mash separated by pressing discs…
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Here's The Competition
    I’m willing to bet there is not a single cider press manufacturer out there that would want its customers to know about my Whizbang apple grinder and cider press plans. But I’m more than willing to provide links to them (I’ll even provide links…
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Whizbang Cider Photo Gallery

    Whizbang Cider Photo Gallery

    My 46-page planbook, Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Apple Grinder And Cider Press tells you exactly how to build the grinder and press shown in the pictures below. If you don't yet have a copy of the book, these pictures will provide you with an excelle…
    - Jan 15, 2009 -
  • Whizbang Cider Pressing Fabric

    Whizbang Cider Pressing Fabric

     Whizbang cider pressing fabric being used to make a cloth-wrapped bag of mash for rack-and-cloth pressing in the Whizbang cider pressAs I explain in This Essay I'm a firm believer that rack-and-cloth cider pressing is far superior to other cider pr…
    - Dec 25, 2008 -

Fruitwise

  • Big crop, broken branches

    Big crop, broken branches

    Cider variety Somerset Redstreak, upright branches and a heavy crop lead to a big break.
    - Aug 20, 2016 -
  • Untitled

    Dear all.It's been a long time! Sorry if I have failed to answer any questions, I haven't been coming here and don't get an email feed from this blog.No offence intended, none taken I hope, but Julia and I have just had so much to do I have let this…
    - Aug 16, 2016 -
  • Late autumn, early winter...

    Late autumn, early winter...

    First week of December. It has been mild so far, just a couple of light frosts. This picture shows one of the last cider apples, a Le Bret, hanging on.Le Bret is a funny apple. We did not plant it on purpose, it was mispropagated as Sweet Alford in a…
    - Dec 5, 2013 -
  • picking the Sturmer Pippin apples

    picking the Sturmer Pippin apples

    Picked a quarter ton of ripe Sturmer Pippins today, 24th October. It might have been OK to leave them on another week, they are about the last apple we pick, but they were parting from the tree with little difficulty and as this is the last opportuni…
    - Oct 24, 2013 -
  • Pressing the 2013 cider
    I will try to update this blog more often in the future, although my main activity relating to the orchard will continue to be YouTube.Yesterday, 19th October, I pressed 13 gallons of juice for a friend who usually has some, although I couldn't suppl…
    - Oct 20, 2013 -
  • Late summer 2013 update
    Hi everyone. As you may have noticed, I've not been around here much. Those of you who watch my YouTube channel will know I had a bad leg injury last year which led to our cancelling the Apple Day. I was a lot more mobile by Christmas but we had to c…
    - Aug 19, 2013 -
  • Remaining 2012 markets

    Remaining 2012 markets

     Belated details of our remaining markets for 2012 are as follows. These are all Winchester and Fareham Farmer's Markets, details can be Googled if you aren't sure.Winchester Farmers Market Sunday 14th October 9-2. We will have Orleans Reinette, Kid…
    - Oct 8, 2012 -
  • Sad news, no Apple Day event this year
    Bumzer! My right leg is in a cast following an Achilles tendon rupture 3 weeks ago. Tripped on a hotel staircase. Regrettably, I will be unable to walk without crutches and very great difficulty until at least October and by then will probably have l…
    - Jul 7, 2012 -
  • Orchard update 5th June
    We took some time out from the long Jubilee weekend Monday and Tuesday mornings to spray glyphosate (a non toxic, non persistent systemic weedkiller which I call vitamin G) around the bases of the apple trees where the grasses and weeds were knee hig…
    - Jun 6, 2012 -
  • Hi everyone apple blossom is falling...
    Wow, when am I going to stop taking the 'too busy, too tired, too much to do' tablets? In fact I got an estimate on the value of my NHS pension recently and its NEARLY enough to live on given we have no debt, some savings, modest expectations, enough…
    - May 9, 2012 -
  • season almost over
    Wow!! that was a year....2 more Farmer's markets, one Winchester and one Fareham. The Kidd's Orange Reds are still sound and taste beautifully sweet, almost floral, but are harder to sell as they're not CRUNCHY. A lot of them are going to end up in J…
    - Dec 6, 2011 -
  • Apple Day and Folk Music event
    on 29th October 2011 at the usual place, Durley Memorial Hall, Durley Street in (er..) Durley we will be having our usual Apple Day fruit exhibition and sale PLUS a folk music event. more details later but essentially12.30-23.00real ale and cider bar…
    - Oct 4, 2011 -
  • Fruitwise Market dates 2011
    Fruitwise Heritage Apples Sales 2011These are the sales listed in calendar sequence, time mentioned after each first mention of venue. Directions are easily checked out on line so I won’t clutter this notice with details most of you won’t need.Su…
    - Jul 24, 2011 -
  • Apple tree grafting after care

    Apple tree grafting after care


    - Jun 21, 2011 -
  • much needed rain and graft after care
    The weather has been lovely lately-beautiful rain! It would have been perfect if we could have had half of it a month ago, but our water butts are full (for the vegetables) and ht eearth and trees refreshed.I must take some still photos to upload her…
    - Jun 21, 2011 -
  • heavy fruit set
    Hi everyone, sorry again few posts here-I have been catastrophically busy. I have just completed 2 weeks annual leave from the daytime job, if I tell you that I didn't get fishing even once -in MAY!!! , even given that I paid up front for a season ti…
    - May 30, 2011 -
  • Blossom due, even begun!!!
    Its raining gently today, thanks God, but last week's very warm sunshine after a dry, mild March led to opening of the peach blossom (Julia planted 2 peaches by the apple store) and over the weekend the damson blossom is almost open. There is due to…
    - Mar 30, 2011 -
  • Almost spring!!!
    Hi everyone, its nearly springtime! I have been very busy with the job that earns the money (doctoring and teaching about skin cancer diagnosis) and have also got so mixed up with ever changing complexifications of passwords and accounts that I hardl…
    - Mar 16, 2011 -
  • Hi, I'm back
    Hi everyone. Sorry about my failure to respond to comments posted here, I will try to catch up.Truth is I've had a busy year with work and family and I have been concentrating on my YouTube channel, which you can find easily enough. I am just a few v…
    - Aug 11, 2010 -
  • Wassailing
    Wassailing has been in the news recently, with the usual discussions about what is the correct dates, origins of the custom, what to drink etc. There was an item on our local BBC TV news programme yesterday evening, which was fun but slightly annoyin…
    - Jan 8, 2010 -
  • Book review-'Grow Your Own Fruit' by Carol Klein & RHS
    Here's a book review I have just added to my page of fruit and cider book reviews on my http://www.fruitwise.net/ web site, which I am gradually rebuilding after a provider problem. I intend to add reviews of Ciderland by James Crowden, Cider by CAMR…
    - Nov 21, 2009 -
  • cider video from Sheppey's and Burrow Hill
    I have just seen this quite nice video with accompanying text on the Daily Mail online, looking at my 2 favourite cider makers, Sheppeys and Burrow Hill. do have a browse.http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid6051581001?bctid=45534760001
    - Nov 14, 2009 -
  • FINAL 2009 MARKET-WInchester 8th November
    STOP PRESS yesterday we carried out an assessment and sorting of the fruit in store and were left with just 30 boxes of sound fruit , mainly Sunset and Egremont Russet with also some Suntan, Kidd's Orange Red and Winter King. We need 10 boxes for a F…
    - Nov 3, 2009 -
  • CANCELLED MARKETS-SOLD OUT OF FRUIT

    CANCELLED MARKETS-SOLD OUT OF FRUIT

    For various reasons, we are all but out of fruit and so have to pull out off all remaining markets this year except Sunnyfields this coming Saturday, the next 2 Winchesters and the next 2 Farehams. This is due to a somewhat low 2009 crop (Lord Lambou…
    - Oct 27, 2009 -
  • Work continues on web site rebuild

    Work continues on web site rebuild

    Our Apple Day event is past, I have pressed most of the cider I am going to press this year, and I am finding a little time to slowly rebuild the http://www.fruitwise.net/ web site. The new Yahoo web builder is reasonably easy to use. I am concentrat…
    - Oct 20, 2009 -

146 Cider

  • Heritage English Cider PGI... an opportunity for the cider industry

    Heritage English Cider PGI... an opportunity for the cider industry

     As a cider producer, I often feel that I have landed on my feet; been in the right place at the right time. The growth of 146 Cider over the last 5 years has been a little unexpected but very welcome - barring the fact that the one thing holding it…
    - Dec 18, 2014 -
  • Cider/Perry of the Festival; Southampton Beer Festival 2014

    Cider/Perry of the Festival; Southampton Beer Festival 2014

    It is my great pleasure to announce that Hampshire Perry won the Cider/Perry of the Festival at the 2014 Southampton Beer Festival. A fifth award in 2014... and for the perry too!!! I cannot say how pleased I am to win Southampton Beer Festival once…
    - Jun 5, 2014 -
  • Royal Bath and West Show...

    Royal Bath and West Show...

    2014 is truly turning out to be a fantastic year for 146 Cider Company. Not only because the cider is proving to be popular (thanks all!!) but also because I was asked to judge the cider at this years Royal Bath and West Show.OK, there were 28 judges…
    - Jun 3, 2014 -
  • More awards...
    I wondered whether to list all of the events that are coming up for 146 over the next month. However, having spent a lot of time reworking the website there is an events calendar - so hopefully I get to blog about it less (not that this blog has been…
    - May 15, 2014 -
  • The story of Thornleigh Estate...

    The story of Thornleigh Estate...

    As a blend, Thornleigh Estate cider is a blend of two traditional cider varieties of apple, Kingston Black and Michelin. Kingston Black is renowned as being the best variety of apple to make a single variety from. It is a mild bittersharp apple with…
    - May 7, 2014 -
  • 2014 Ciders… and a Perry too!

    2014 Ciders… and a Perry too!

    As per usual, May/June sees the release of the 2013 vintage ciders. And so, here is the line up for this year (with some descriptions). The website will be updated shortly!Hampshire Heritage Cider – Off Dry (6.5%)Well, it wouldn’t be 146 Cider wi…
    - Apr 30, 2014 -
  • Shiny new website for 146 Cider Company...
    The new 146 Cider website has been launched. Feel free to have a look... its fresher (and better) than the old one.www.146cider.co.ukOnce you start to travel down the website thingy it becomes a job in its own right to keep things up to date and fres…
    - Apr 5, 2014 -
  • Another win at Winchester for Eastern Delight...

    Another win at Winchester for Eastern Delight...

    I really love this cider thing. There is always a chance to meet new people and there is always an excuse to have fun. The 2014 Winchester Ale and Cider Festival was just - and working on the bar was a great deal of fun.And because of this, it is eve…
    - Apr 3, 2014 -
  • 146 Cider Outlook for 2014...

    146 Cider Outlook for 2014...

    It has been a bit of a hit and miss affair with this blog over the last 12 months. I have caught up with the news for 2013 and now look to 2014 with enthusiasm for what is in store... and it is all cider related:-)Last season, I pressed pretty much t…
    - Feb 12, 2014 -
  • Jez Howat featuring in 'Whats Brewing?'

    Jez Howat featuring in 'Whats Brewing?'

    Whilst cider making is probably one of his preferred methods of letting off steam, Jez unleashes his literary talent (well, his opinions anyway) on the world of CAMRA. Hope the text is big enough to read:-)
    - Sep 20, 2013 -
  • Big Apple CIder Trials 2013... another win for 146 Cider

    Big Apple CIder Trials 2013... another win for 146 Cider

    Earlier this month, the annual Big Apple Cider Trials were held at Putley in Herefordshire. This is one of the nicest, friendliest competitions in the cider calendar each year (although being the fourth year of entry, I was keen to take it seriously…
    - May 30, 2013 -
  • Cariad's Marvellous Cider

    Cariad's Marvellous Cider

    I am just getting ready to start racking my ciders - this is simply moving the cider from one container to another, which will then be left to mature before it can be sold. Why? Well, its all a bit yeasty at the moment, so that needs to settle out. I…
    - May 16, 2013 -
  • Gold Medal for Eastern Delight...
    Following on from the success of Eastern Delight at the 2012 Southampton Beer Festival (it was crowned 'Cider of the Festival', the eastern style cider has been awarded Gold Medal at the 2013 Winchester Ale and Cider Festival.This is particularly sat…
    - Apr 2, 2013 -
  • New outlets for Hampshire cider...

    New outlets for Hampshire cider...

    First of all the sad news: All 2012 ciders are now sold out. I am actually rather impressed that I managed to eek it out for this long. The good news is that its only a couple of months before the new cider is ready to go, although I won't be selling…
    - Feb 16, 2013 -
  • Extra 146 Storage...

    Extra 146 Storage...

    It is finished. As you will see from the snowy pressing picture, the 146 cider garage is all but overflowing with juice – with not much room for anything else. And there is a lot to happen – bottling, storage etc. So, last year Fruitwise agreed t…
    - Feb 11, 2013 -
  • 2012 Pressing Report

    2012 Pressing Report

    At last, I am finished pressing this years juice. And may I say what a mixed bag of apples it has been!Hampshire Heritage, as ever, is a pleasure to work on. Yields are slightly up and as usual the balance has been struck 50/50 between dessert and ci…
    - Feb 1, 2013 -
  • Does my bum look big in this???

    Does my bum look big in this???

    I know its a little belated, but worth showing off. This is the latest trend in cider making gear... it is actually very warm and waterproof:Now, this was a Christmas present. I asked for (and I quote my words as closely as I can remember them); "Som…
    - Jan 27, 2013 -
  • It's Snow Joke!

    It's Snow Joke!

    As it was so pretty, but blooming cold, I figured I would take some pictured of my final day of pressing to show off on here. The images will also be available through the website gallery that I spent so long over Christmas on (whilst unable to press…
    - Jan 22, 2013 -
  • Pressing on...

    Pressing on...

    I have been just a little bit rubbish at keeping this up to date recently. Mostly its been due to the need to press and get this season out of the way. So, to rectify this, I thought I would write a summary of where 146 Cider is at the end of 2012.Ga…
    - Dec 31, 2012 -
  • How much apple would you like in your cider?
    Cider friend, Nooks Yard has set up a simple question for cider lovers to answer: how much juice do you think there should be in cider?The question is straight forward, but think of the implications. The regulations from HMRC state that cider is cide…
    - Nov 24, 2012 -
  • 146 October Events...
    OK, I should really keep the 146 diary up to date. Trouble is it has been a hectic year so far - and as I write this I am meant to be milling and pressing but keep having to put it off in order to get the mill working properly (or else I will have to…
    - Sep 24, 2012 -
  • Label Designs...

    Label Designs...


    - Aug 2, 2012 -
  • 146 Festival Action - July 2012

    146 Festival Action - July 2012

    Another busy month lies ahead, although I am starting to worry that the cider is going to go too fast like last year. I suppose this just means that the growth of the business is meeting demand.Anyway, events for this month:Guildford Cricket Club Bee…
    - Jul 1, 2012 -
  • Another Southampton win...

    Another Southampton win...

    Adding to the '146 Hall of Fame' in my dining room, I can now proudly announce that Easter Delight won 'Cider of the Festival' at Southampton Beer Festival 2012. I prepared a press release, which I intended to send off to the local rag (but I haven't…
    - Jun 12, 2012 -
  • Royal busy weekend...

    Royal busy weekend...

    What with the Diamond Jubilee, building a walled vegetable patch to make growing things more accessible for my daughter and stocking (and restocking) Southampton Beer Festival - not to mention the festivities at The Wonston Arms in Winchester (I may…
    - Jun 6, 2012 -