Straight after our highly successful Apple Day back in October, we set about brewing a barrel of cider using the left over apple juice from the pressing. It sat for over two months, fermenting and then clearing as the sediment sank to the bottom.
The time then came to bottle it, and what a better way to do that than in the company of friends, both old and new. So it was that one dark January evening, in St Barnabas’ Church, eleven turned up to learn not just about the bottling process, but how we arrived at the cider itself from the Apple Day.
Bottles were sterilised, filled with the wonderfully crisp cider that had been produced and crown capped – all done with “production line” efficiency. Of course, we had to ensure that what was bottled was decent, and so samples just had to be taken along the way ;).
On hand too were four other ciders which we enjoyed afterwards, as the conversation and drink flowed.
Everyone said what a great evening it was, and we should do it again. So, watch out for other events in the future where we’ll be brewing, bottling and enjoying various beverages that arise from the fruits of the Orchard.
The cider we have produced will be available for our upcoming wassailing event to pour into the roots of the trees as a blessing, as well as in some of the various apple cakes that will be available at the event.