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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.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 13 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yup. I also sell my cider in 10 and 20 litre bag in boxes.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got a fair bit of blossom on the trees this year. All the trees in these pictures are eating apples and the fruit is hopefully going to be destined to go into apple juice. The cider apple varieties are way behind with just a few leaves showing.










Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They look lovely Bodger. Our big crab apple in the woods has been covered in blossom this year, and the ones in the garden are starting to flower. Also seeing apple blossom in the hedges, so really pretty. Hopefully a good apple year.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What's your plan when you move? Are you giving it all up or taking the harvest with you in whatever form it's in?

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 14 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Several big party's before we move.

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