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12Bore



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 11 8:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

gardening-girl wrote:
Of the bigger "proper" manufacturers, try Thatchers or (my fave) Henry Westons 2009/2010 Vintage 8.2% or Weston's Organic. Lovely stuff
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vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 11 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:

Old Rosie was also a bit disappointing,


It should have been cloudy, if not it loses a lot of flavour.

jema
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 11 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

"Invert" is at least drinkable.

Buying almost anything lately without sweeteners is a struggle. Could not find one basic lemonade this year Sainsburies seems a little better than others for availability of non sweetened stuff.

Rusticwood



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 12 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
Pop over to see this lot. You can try them all before you buy and they will blend you you own mix from the barrels.


Another vote for Winkleigh cider

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 12 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you are really interested....

http://www.facebook.com/ukcider

http://www.real-cider.co.uk/

kellineil



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 12 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm fond of Thistly Cross from East Lothian

http://www.thistlycrosscider.co.uk/

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 12 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What a useful first post Hello and welcome !

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 12 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello!

I have spent today combing the world for a small cider producer to come to our farmer's market. The links Lorraine has put up are helpful, too.

Pilgrim1975



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 12 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
Your best bet is to sample local farm gate ones. PM me a slightly less vague location and I'll see if I can recommend anyone.

We use Sheppy's, near Wellington and Pixford, near Bishop's Lydeard. With both of those, you turn up with your own container and they draw it off on tap for you.


Be careful with the local farm gate scrumpy. I once recall drinking half a gallon of the stuff without fully realising just how utterly lethal it is. With the benefit of hindsight, the fact that the farmer nicknamed the stuff 'Brainhammer' and he got it for me out of a drum with the Castrol logo on the side should really have been fair warning.

Chez



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 12 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I get mine from down the road in gallon plastic containers. If you take your own, you get it cheaper

BadgerFace



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My favorite cider is Harold & Frank Naish's, 'Badgers Spit'
Piltown Farm, West Pennard, Glastonbury.

I used to live just up the road from Sheppy's, in Blackmoor. Thankfully Sheppys and Badger Spit are both stocked in my local Farm shop (Middle Farm, Lewes), by the barrel.

alison
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We used to live right near the Naish' when we lived in West Pennard. We owned the pub.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

another nice one is Bounders Bath cider. Kieran and I have tasting sessions - we get 3 bottles and sip and taste each one.....
(yes, I know he's a bit young - but he does have the most fantastic tastebuds)

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 12 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

aspartine is cheap

the last cider i made was from laxton superb ,a white strong cider very unlike the cheap tramp juice stuff ,it was sharp but sweet enough from the unfermentable fruit sugars to be nice

apples +yeast starter ,time

less ingredients is best with cider

Ruralnaedowell



Joined: 11 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 12 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Lowfields Inn in Marton betwee Welshpool and Shrewbury has a fantastic vintage locally made cider on draught, though I can't remember what its called ! The logo is a burnt sun on a barrel stave on the pump handle.
Two pints of that and you are "proper mazed" and should be led home !

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