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bodger

Another big day for our cider enterprise today.

Another big day for our cider enterprise today. Later this morning I'll be giving the thumbs up to the printer to go a head and produce 3000 labels to go on our cider bottles. Its many thanks to Mo for letting her use one of her designs and hopefully, in a week or so we'll be able to run the finished article past you all.

At 10.30am I'll be taking my completed form and cheque to the council licensing department as we apply for our first temporary events licence. The paperwork involved and the agencies involved seem rather daunting, so its fingers crossed that the application goes through without a hitch. We're applying for the 27th,28th and 29th of July.
If we get knocked back, then at least we should have a better idea as to what the authorities want from us.
12Bore

Best of luck, but I don't think you'll need it  
Frazzled_Barbie

Good luck with it Bodger... Hopefully it will be a breeze.  
horace

Good luck i hope it all goes well for you  
sod

All the best with the chair warmers  
bodger

I'm back from town now and while i've been at the council offices, an environmental officer has called at the house. He spoke to Grandma Bodger and told her that he'd be back at one. I hope that its going to be friendly visit and not a 'you shouldn't be doing this' one.
12Bore

Kettle on, biscuits out, best smile...you'll be fine
sod

a glass of cider??
Mo

You are more than welcome  

Hope all goes well.
bodger

Its guts for garters time. He should arrive here shortly but I've already had a phone call from my one and only customer to say that he has been told to stop selling my cider in his pub.    
12Bore

  Why?
bodger

He still hasn't arrived but for him to go to my customer before finding out the state of affairs here is well out of order. I think that I have an Exocet to slip him.
bodger

I've sorted him out. The bloke was a complete arse but my cider is back on sale.
12Bore

Result,    when you fill the hole in, plant a nice tree...
Frazzled_Barbie

12Bore wrote:
Result, when you fill the hole in, plant a nice tree...




Glad you got it sorted Bodger - flaming jobsworths!
bodger

When the guy came into the farmyard, he asked about my Birmingham Roller pigeons, he wanted to know if they were feral. I treated his enquiry with the contempt that it deserved but later on when we sat down to discuss his visit, this jobsworth told me that I should be careful that they didn't poop into the cider. Stay calm Bodger ! Stay calm !
Mo

Has the man never had scrumpy?!
Eee! Tha' can't beat a bit of pigeon poop in thee cider  

Pleased to hear it'a ll sorted  
Frazzled_Barbie

Best not tell the chap that sometimes there are worms inside the apples! Added protein gives the cider body!
12Bore

bodger

I'm going to give myself a bit of a scrub and then I'm off to visit three of the local Free Houses. Cider in hand, I'm going to try and persuade them to stock my cider. At the moment, i have just the one pub selling it and  it would really be good if I could get one or two more on board.
bodger

I managed to see one of the three landlords but as a result of my visit, I've been able to double my customer base.    
bodger

I've just signed another one up. That makes three pubs in total
Frazzled_Barbie

     Good on ya!
Justme

Good job  
kat_lewis

today the three tomorrow the world            
horace

Thats the way to do it
bodger

We've used four of the 20 litre bag in boxes today. It was our first time and they were a bit fiddly to do but I'm sure we'll soon get the hang of doing them. They look pretty professional with our stickers on them but we will have to get some better scales so that we know we're putting the right amount into the bags. Bathroom scales can't be the best things to use. and please tell this imperial kid that 20 litres of cider weighs 20 kg and that there are 35.2 pints in 20 litres.
Justme

Yep 35.2 is correct. But 20L might not weigh 20kg as the density of cider is not the same as that of water. Take a hydrometer reading. If its 1000 then its 20kg if its more or less you will have to work it out.
kaz

The SG gives the same density as water
12Bore

But water it ain't!  
sod

Sell as water will get more for it, well here anyway  
bodger

Karen and I have spent the weekend sprucing the cider room up ready for next weekend. This, is in readiness for us having our first ever three day temporary events licence allowing us to sell cider from our place. Slowly but surely, we've transformed the place from its usual clutter and confusion into something that we hope is quite interesting and presentable.
Karen has actually gone back to forum threads from 2007 and selected photos showing us first making cider. She's reproduced them on photographic paper and made a nice display that shows how things first started. Seeing the photos again proved to be quite a trip down memory lane for us.
I haven't checked the weather forecast for the coming weekend but ideally, we'll be able to set our stall up in the farmyard, out in the open air. Now, at least if it rains,if it rains, we'll be able to retreat to the comforts of the cider room.
Things are bound to happen to put a spanner in the works, but we've tried as best we can, to cover all bases. All we have to do now, is to sell some cider.
12Bore

Without me re-reading all of this thread, do you have some sort of stall or shelter to sell from? The reason I ask is that in the back of my garage I have a three sided, free standing canvas shelter, think of a caravan awning that does not zip onto a caravan. It's about 10 feet wide, 8 feet deep and tall enough to stand up in, you could put a bench across the front to serve as a bar, and one behind to display your barrels on.
If it could be of any use to you, let me know.
horace

All the best and good luck  
bodger

That sounds as though it could be just the thing Joe. We have the cider shed to retreat to but I just think that we'll sell more if we can set up in the farmyard where people can see us from the road.
The weather is looking good for the Friday but there are showers forecast for the rest of the weekend. There's still plenty of time for the weathermen to change their minds for the better.
12Bore

Right, it's yours. We used it for some fete type things for a while, they were originally made for a primary school of which I was a governor, before passing into my possession...
Can't get it to you for this weekend, but we'll sort logistics later  
bodger

There's no rush, a bit of rain never hurt anyone.
bodger

It takes a womans touch.
Kaz has sorted our cider room out and added a womans touch.


































and should the weather be nice, I'll be setting my stall out alfresco. My job for tomorow will be to remove the sand and gravel that the local builders merchants slipped into the scenery the other day.









Just incase I'm attending a high powered business meeting and a customer  needs my attention, then I've installed this high tech communication device.




Captain_Dingbat

Love the bell!

Hope all goes well for you
bodger

A few years ago, they were selling those bells dirt cheap in the local agricultural merchants. I bought it for Doodle but she's never had anywhere to hang it. As a long since retired policeman, the bell that we have close to our frontdoor is similar to that one but instead of a horse, its a pig.
horace

It all looks the business all the best
bodger

I've got a few pre match nerves. At 10.00am tomorrow morning, the whistle blows and I'll be out there waiting for my first customer. In truth, I'll be out there titivating and adding the last touch hours before that.
bodger

I've been getting ready to open for more than an hour now and I'm still not anywhere near ready.
12Bore

30 mins to go, ready yet? All the best, hope you have a busy day  
Justme

Popped in about an hour ago & it was a steady trickle of trade. We shall be having a little snifter whilst watching the TV tonight.
bodger

I sold 338 worth of cider and apple juice today. Its a nice feeling.
12Bore

Nice, congratulations on a successful day!  
emsley

Oh, fantastic  
Congratulations
jacquie sullivan

Hi

good luck on your new venture, it seems you need a licence for everything.

As you probably guessed I am a Animal Lover, well I had this idea, to help the animal shelters, as they are getting very little, but the need for them is increasing. So I thought how about running a lottery on their web sites, i.e like Help the Aged, you guessed it they need a licence, but the costs are prohibitive. So back to square one

jacquie sullivan
Lorrainelovesplants

So how much in volume was that then, Bodger?

Was thinking you could also try posters in the pubs that are stocking it - buy direct from the maker kind of thing.....
bodger

We sold a further 70 pints yesterday, so in total, around 20 gallons and thats without doing any advertising. The only thing we've done, is place a sign outside the property.
In two weeks time, we have another weekend and we will definately be plugging that a lot more.
Justme

Stick some signs on or near the roundabout & hope no one from the council spots it.
bodger

Its been a tiring three days and I'm absolutely bushed but at the same time exhilerated. I've just tallied up and in total, we managed to sell 244 pints of cider and 37 bottles of apple juice. I'm chuffed.
jacquie sullivan

Hi

Look out Magners, when himself started he had a couple of orchards and one sow. I lived in Clonmel when I was a child,  I am really pleased for you,and hope it grows, In Clonmel after pressing the apples, he sold what was left to local farmers mainly for the pigs.
Mo

Well done, Bodger    Pleased to hear that it all went well.
sapphire

Glad it went well for you  
Seabird

I've totally missed this, as I don't look at this section much.

Well done! Sounds pretty successful to me.  

If you're looking for more outlets have you spoken to the guy with the wine shop in the Maes? They stock a lot of local brews.  Although, to sell it retail with a decent mark up he may want it cheaper than you're prepared to go. Just a thought though.
bodger

I'm just over an hour into my second cider weekend. I've had one customer so far, who bought two pints of dry cider and a bottle of apple juice. Its a scorching day and I'm hopeful that after spending a day on the beach, the punters might pop in this evening and stock up for barbies and general rehydration.
12Bore

Light a small fire and cook bacon - the smell will drag them off the beach and into your clutches  
bodger

They're trickling in slowly but surely. I'm pretty hopeful that we'll beat the first weekends takings.
12Bore

How did you do?
bodger

105 pints
12Bore

I meant how much did you sell, not drink!

Congratulations  
bodger

265 pints today.
bodger

The licence for the second of our cider weekends ended at 9.00pm last night. Over the three days, we sold 429 pints of cider and a hundred bottles of apple juice. Things were steady without ever getting overly busy.
In the next couple of months we need to look at getting a website up and running and at getting some bookings for next summers local shows.

Although we come a long way over the last few years, we are still very much the beginning of our journey.
horace

   
jacquie sullivan

Hi

Thats brill onward and upwards, thinking of a name it probably is a bit naff but how about Bodgers Delight or Bodgers Golden Delight

Jacquie Sullivan
12Bore

Brilliant mate, well done!  
bodger

My first apple picking day of the season today. The wheel has gone full circle and now it starts to turn all over again.
A couple of weeks back, The Cambrian news did an article on us, in which I told them how this year my business was likely to be hit by a lack of the basic ingredient and that apples were a scarce commodity. I'm off to pick fruit from the gardens of two people who read the paper and got in touch with me. I don't know how many apples there'll be, or what variety but its definately a start.

This coming Bank Holiday weekend will also see me holding my third 'cider for sale at the gate' event. This time, I've obtained a temporary events licence for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the BH Monday. If the weather is nice, I might even put a display on for the punters and press the apples that I get today. There's been lots of interest from folks about what we do here and I'm sure that they'll love seeing the process.

If the sale goes like the previous ones, then things will be quite tight and it will be touch and go as to whether or not we can keep the pubs that I supply with cider for the rest of the summer. The thing is, is that I get more money for my cider selling it direct to the public, than I do to selling to the pubs.
kat_lewis

Glad to hear that things are going so well    and as to the dilema of who to sell to ..... welcome to the world of big business lol    I hope the decision doesn't cause you too many headaches.
bodger

No! I'll just be a slut and sell to the highest bidder.
12Bore

Take the Smarties and run  
Lorrainelovesplants

Might be worth saying to the pubs that consumer demand means they may have to order well in advance next year!
If you get good feedback on the cider you might have to increase your prices....
bodger

I only picked two 25kg bags of apples today  but on the plus side, I also managed to place loads of posters for the cider weekend and the best part of the day, was when I picked up a small farm orchard thats loaded with apples.
kat_lewis

Gareth

bodger wrote:
and the best part of the day, was when I picked up a small farm orchard thats loaded with apples.




You be careful; we don't want you hurting your gouty toe or putting your back out
bodger

Funneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sapphire

   
bodger

My third and final cider weekend started at 10.00 am this morning and so far, I've sold 39 pints, which isn't too bad when you consider the lousy weather. I'll be selling my wares for the next four days through the rain and more rain.
bodger

I think that the lousy weather kept the cider punters away yesterday. Even so, I still sold ten and a half gallons, It was quite a bit down on previous Fridays but I think that quite a few people had seen the forecast for the BH weekend and decided to stay at home, still, todays another day.

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