At the start of the season we stepped back and looked at our work space/storage space and found that we weren’t using the space very well. There’s a lot of space not used, as our shelving doesn’t go anywhere near the top.
We updated the shelving with some of a much heavier duty and we now have a large mezzanine floor where we can store large things (including the old shelving right now) such as empty barrels or the presses in the off season. We’ve also added stock shelves, so we’re much better organised than before.
Nailsea’s first eat:Festival is coming up this Saturday, 5th October. All our bottled ciders will be available to buy to take away, and to drink at the festival. We’ll also have a Festival Special for sale by the glass.
Find us outside Westcoast on the High Street from 10am until 4pm
Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 20th Dec) Phil, Paul & Mike visited The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) at Charlton Farm, Wraxall, to meet Community Fundraiser Kylie Gallagher and present a cheque for £300, which was raised selling Mulled Cider at the Nailsea Christmas Fair.
During the year CHSW offered the excess apples from their orchard to Nailsea Cider. We decided to show our thanks by mulling some of our cider and selling it at The Nailsea Christmas Fair on 1st December. 100% of the sales of this was donated to the Hospice. We were very proud not to take anything from the sales for ourselves, donating the cider, spices, heat and our time.
We hope that this will be the start of a long and fruitful partnership.
On Friday December 1st Mike and Paul took 50 litres of mulled cider to the Nailsea Christmas Fair. The night was cold and dry – just like a Christmas Fair should be. Between 5pm and 8pm they worked almost non-stop, and by the end of it had almost completely sold out, raising £300 for Children’s Hospice South West. We’re very proud to support the Hospice, and were pleased that at the Christmas Fair, 100% of the income from sales of Mulled Cider was donated.
We’ve been looking for a new home for a while now, but needed to find just the right location. We’ve struck lucky here with a rural location just outside the town where our cider will mature in the proper location. We have evenings planned down here testing and putting the world to rights.
2016’s Harvest, racked and almost ready for blending
We’ve already moved the cider in, and racked it. We’ve also moved our new IBC in for blending (1000 ltrs at a time) and Mrs Miggins, the apple mill. We still have Burt and Ernie (the presses) to moved just a little work to finish – work surfaces, sink etc.
This place will let us press and ferment, rack and blend all in one location. Bottling will be done this year by Bradley’s out at Hewish.
So the summer seems to have flown by this year and Autumn has come sooner than we expected. Picked our first apples in August, and the second right at the start of September.
Mike and Phil were out at Sweet Briars for the earlies, and then on to Annie’s. Not a bad start to the season.
We pressed these into about 85 ltrs of apple juice. Then, on Sunday we went to Myrtle Cottage and relieved the garden of 17 truggs worth. Those will be pressed on Tuesday and should produce 180 ltrs or so.
Nailsea Transition Town and Nailsea Cider once again teamed up together to bring Nailsea Apple Day 2015 to the good folk of Nailsea. Between 1pm and 4pm (well, 5pm really) we pressed apples from all comers, and also some that had been collected by the Transition Group. People brought along their own apples, we pressed them, and they took away the juice (or some of it). There was also Coffee and Apple Cakes available and some Live music provided by Dave Francis.
We had made cider from last year’s pressing which was available to buy by the glass, and could also be bought in 3l Bag in Boxes just along the road at our friends at the Ring o’ Bells.
We’re very excited that several varieties of old cider apples were picked up from Charlton Farm, where the Childrens’ Hospice are.
A good day, and all in all we pressed over 200ltrs of juice.
Pressing apples is not so straight forward as pressing, say, grapes. You get grapes, squash them in a press and juice comes out. Apples have attitude. You take a kilo of apples, shove them in the press and squash them, you’ll get a kilo of bruised and battered apples but little juice. Continue reading