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Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 13 6:05 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Ideal for your cider room. Good buy.

12Bore



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 13 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looking good!

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 13 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We sold 53 gallons of cider sold over the BH weekend. Next weekend will be the last sale of the summer, when I anticipate it being considerably quieter than the one we've just had.
Next year we're looking to be much better organized. That wont be hard to do but we're hoping to have ten temporary events licenses from home through out July and August. We also plan to attend a few of the local shows.
The big bummer was that because of the scarcity of apples last year, we ran out of apple juice after the second weekend and we missed out on quite a lot of money.
We've been asked on numerous occasions if we have a website, so in the last few weeks we've bought ourcider.com and ourcider.co.uk but as of yet, that's as far as things have got.


Nicky Colour it green



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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 13 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sounds like good progress - well done

cassy



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 13 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It sounds as if the business really taking off! Hope this year will be a better one for apples for you - how is it shaping up so far?

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 13 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It looks like being a bumper crop Cassy. Almost on a par with two years ago.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 13 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not for sale on a shelf near you but this time next year Rodney, we could both be millionaires. What do you think, do they look OK? Here's our bottled cider and apple juice. We bottled the cider this afternoon and I'll be doing some quality control work this evening.










sean
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 13 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very smart.

alison
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 13 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks fabulous, I can nearly taste it.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've bottled some special cider today. Well at least I hope it is. Its been matured in an old rum barrel and then sweetened with soft brown sugar. The blending and tasting to get it as we want, has been great fun. The cider is a sweet and has a real taste of rum and at just over 7% by volume, it has a beautiful dark colour.
I think its quite special but what do I know? I'll drink anything, especially if I've made it myself. What we need to do now, is to get some labels done for next year, so that we can market it as something very different from our usual brew.

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you're adding sugar back in won't it start fermenting again? Are you bottling it in champagne type bottles?

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Any cider that is actually bottled has to be pasteurized.

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ta. I assumed that you'd got it sorted somehow. Is that a legal requirement?

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think so.
The cider that we sell straight from the barrel isn't pasteurized but air is the enemy of cider and as soon as you crack the barrel, then the clock is ticking and you only have so long to sell it and get it consumed. Its the same with beer and all the bottles of both cider and beer you see for sale in shops, they have been pasteurized.

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Which is why bag in box stuff lasts; no air gets in to oxidise it.

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