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bodger

Nearly there.

Today, I ordered the last odds and sods that I need to start making my apple juice. I shopped around a little and ended up ordering from two sources.

This one http://www.vigopresses.co.uk/store/pages.php?page=home and this one. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Home-Brew-Online-Shop?_trksid=p4340.l2563

Everything that I could source from the second one, was considerably cheaper.

From Vigo I ordered 1kg of ascorbic acid, 4 metres of plastic piping and a tap to allow juice out of a blue barrel into the bottling machine.

I also ordered a manual bottle washer, a bottle tree to drain bottles on, two straining socks, three 25 litre buckets with lids and a large funnel with a built in strainer.

I really feel as though I'm almost there now         All that's left for me to do now, is to put the system together and to collect half a dozen blue plastic 60 litre barrels from Wrexham
lottie

Good luck
Mo

Good luck - it all sounds exciting
bodger

I'd like to recommend this company.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Home-Bre...l2563&clk_rvr_id=255128655188

I placed my order yesterday afternoon and its just been delivered.
bodger

My new toy. My bottle tree witht he bottle washer fixed on the top of it.




Bazzer

Quote:
I also ordered a manual bottle washer


The De luxe Kaz model?    

All sounds good and ready to go for the Lleyn "Apples R Us" enterprise.  
bodger

Nah !!!!!! That model obsolete now.
Bazzer

 
Good luck with it all mate.
Plenty of SBS's  
Butterbean

You'll love the tree
bodger

This next week should see me finish my set up for making and selling apple juice at the farmgate.
We'll probably make around a hundred gallons of cider this year in an attempt to make something thats worthy of selling. We'll ring the changes and try a number of blends of different apples and  see what we get. If things go to plan, a farmhouse cider licence should be on the cards for next year, we'll have to see how things go.
bodger

Two more links fell into place today.

I had my van sign written. What do you think?









and we went to Wrexham to pick up some food grade blue barrels. We had eleven 60 litre barrels and six 30 litre barrels. The big ones cost me six quid plus vat and the others were three.




dan

looks realy good bodge  
It all looked realy busy on the last piks you posted from the sign writers but looks good now its done  
lottie

Looks clear,fresh and clean with a juicy,rosy apple--spot on for the right image.
Rare one

saw it in the flesh earlier (so to speak) it looks fantastic    
Butterbean

It looks very professional.  If your cider is half as good as the van you are in good shape.
bodger

I have put the cart before the horse a little bit. The apple juice will be pretty plain sailing but the cider, will take a few years to get right.
Butterbean

I think being your own biggest critique guarantees you'll have a great product.  My mother just gave me a case of cider from a family farm operation just like you are doing.  Having tried the first bottle yet.  Each looks too good to try.  He has some catchy names too.
bodger

We have some fantastic names here in the UK that have been created by craft cider makers for their various brews. Some of them are hilarious. Some of the small beer brewers have also come up with some stunners too.
That gives me some idea for a couple of new threads for the tipplers section. Thanks BB
bodger

I can't help myself, I've just got to put this clip on here. Sit through the commercial, its only a short one and then watch the cider clip. I found it when I was Googling for 'funny cider names'  

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/659...ll_movie_trailer/?source=playlist
Bazzer

Butterbean wrote:
It looks very professional.  If your cider is half as good as the van you are in good shape.


You aint seen the van mate.
bodger

Its amazing how often 'simple' is the answer to many a problem.

I've been trying to come up with an answer as to how to get a header tank up above the bottling machine. I've been thinking of using a 60 litre blue barrel but have been struggling to sort out getting the barrel up high enough and also constructing a frame that would support over a 100lb in weight. In the end, I've decided to use this 25 litre bucket with a tap fitted on the top of a 60 litre bottle.. As I say, simple is often the best answer, I'll simply have to top the header up a little more frequently.




bodger

f there can be such a thing when you're making apple juice, we are going to be trying a dry run of our set up tonight. Blind Pugh has dropped off a couple of bags of Bramleys and although there's probably only enough to make two or three gallons, hopefully we'll be able to see how are system holds up.
bodger

There's very little in the way of news that happens in our area. I'm desperate for apples and the local newspaper is usually just as desperate for something to fill their pages. Today, I'm going to approach them to see if they'll do a small feature on my embryo business. With a bit of luck, I'll get offers of apples and they'll get some copy.

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