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Cider & Perry Making

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redrubyshoes Wed 24-Apr-13 17:02:00

Not quite arts and crafts I know.............

I have access to a large orchard of apples and pears and would like to make them into cider and perry..............a cottage industry if you like. At the moment they fall to to ground and rot.

Anyone willing to go on a course or has the know how please PM me




quoteunquote Wed 24-Apr-13 18:28:00

Where in the country are you ?

I just go and use a friend's press and his bottling.

last year was dire. late frost followed by a wet summer.

redrubyshoes Wed 24-Apr-13 18:53:47

The orchard is in Essex. Where are you?

quoteunquote Wed 24-Apr-13 20:03:39


There are a lot of syndicates down here (basically make your children pick up windfalls, at least enough to make a years supply of apple juice and cider) , presses are not hard to make or come by,

there is bound to be a free pressing days somewhere near you, and there will be community press somewhere, you "pay' ten percent of your apples in and pay for the bottles, well worth it if you don't want to make your own,

if you use a community press they will have a machine to do this, so much easier,

Everyone down here makes their own presses, loads of how to make a cider press on the internet.

I'll have an ask about as I know a couple of cider makers here, who are from your neck of the woods, so they may know of a club up your way.

quoteunquote Wed 24-Apr-13 20:17:27

they say they press, so if you don't get a press together this year you could always go there.

ring who ever organises this and ask if they know where you can press and bottle

or build a great press, get a small bottle pasteurization machine and start your own apple club. then everyone has to pay you.

redrubyshoes Thu 25-Apr-13 13:59:58

Thanks Unquote will look into it. It is just a bit of a pipe dream at the moment.

quoteunquote Thu 25-Apr-13 14:08:47

It's really not hard a lot of small orchards don't get picked, if you ask the owners of any about, they will usually let you pick up windfalls, or the trees, for some crates of juice, 20% or so,

It soon becomes well worth it.

BlueChampagne Fri 26-Apr-13 15:59:34

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