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Cider Making in One Day

6th October 2017


Cider Making in One Day


with Matt Dunwell

Matt has been making Apple juice and Cider for over fifteen years.

We have planted cider and perry trees over the last 20 years at Ragmans and they are now coming into production - Tom Putt, Brandy Pears, Thorne, Yarlington Mill and Kingston Black - the king of the cider apples.

In the morning there will be a short introduction to cider making, and we will then set out to pick fruit for an hour or so.

After a tea break we return to the pressing room and wash the fruit prior to pressing. If we have time we will macerate the fruit before lunch, or if there is demand we can look around our orchard of 1000 apple and pear trees.

After lunch we will split into two groups and run both the traditional cider press and the modern apple juice press in tandem. This will give everybody a chance to get a hands on experience. We will be using two mills, two different presses, pumps and bottle fillers and pasteurisers.

At the end of the afternoon there is a chance to try some cider.

Refreshments provided, please bring a packed lunch.

Price £80  (including 25 litres of apple juice to turn into cider)

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Ragmans Bunkhouse
Ragmans Lane Farm
GL17 9PA
01594 860244

O/S Ref: SO 065177

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  • Lydbrook


Ragmans Bunkhouse

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