Basic Cider Making Class

Ever fancied making your own cider? Now you can!

  • 3 hours
  • 80 British pounds
  • Unit 11, Restormel Industrial Estate, Lostwithiel, PL22 0HG

Service Description

INTRODUCTION This class begins at 1pm. We start with an introduction to Fowey Valley accompanied by a short talk. THE THEORY OF CIDER MAKING How do cidermakers classify the hundreds of different apples used? You’ll learn about the different types and which ones to use when making your own cider. We’ll give you a short history of cider, find out where apples come from and how the technology developed. Don’t know where to start with your equipment? There’s juicing presses, scratters, sieves, tanks, airlocks and much more to investigate. We'll show you how to make cider in your kitchen using cheap whole fruit juicers. TASTING There are so many different kinds of ciders, including scrumpy, very scrumpy, eastern counties, dry, medium, sweet, carbonated, champagne and keeved. We’ll run down all of these, and you’ll get to try them too! If you're driving we have a spittoon for those that choose not to swallow. We’ll talk about the kinds of cider you'd like to make yourself and give you an explanation of the different methods used to make these ciders. PRACTICAL CIDERMAKING If you have your own trees, we can tell you about pruning, picking, and sugar levels. Sanitation is incredibly important when you’re making cider - we’ll show you why and tell you how you can improve the quality of your cider. Then it's your time to get really stuck in as you'll be juicing and straining using our whole fruit juicers. Barrie, our head cidermaker, will also show you how to measure your starch, sugar, tannin, acid, PH, and yeast. POST COURSE ACTIVITY You’ll find out what to do with your cider when you get home, how long to leave it and in what kind of temperatures. We will also inform you about sweetening, keeping options, carbonation, sugar quantities and pressure. Plus, you'll get to have a look around how we so things as there are lots of other things you can do with cider, including making vinegar and distilling. To round up the class, Barrie will give you further information, reading and tell you where to get everything you’ll ever need to make cider from. And of course we won’t let you go away without a proper Fowey Valley tasting, where you’ll get to taste everything in our range or take home a bottle or two if you're driving.

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