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longnetter



Joined: 31 Jul 2010
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Location: West Norfolk

PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 9:02 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Bodger, do you have to have a license to get rid of the apple pulp after you've pressed it ? Just curious  
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bodger



Joined: 10 Feb 2007
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Location: Ever so slightly around the bend.

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No.
The apple waste isn't hazerdous and it rots down. Most of it is fed to pig or cattle while its fresh.
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longnetter



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Location: West Norfolk

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enviromentally friendly, stuff your cider. Everyone benefits including the pigs and cattle  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a bit of time this week to think about what might be my next step in the development of the orchards. I'm thinking of another fifty trees going in next winter, with a fifty fifty split of Bardsey and Katy on 106 root stock. Bardsey to appeal to the tourists and Katy because the apples can be used for juice or cider.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After selling cider from the gate this weekend, I'm thinking that it might be a good idea to try and get some more wooden barrels in. Over the two days, the cider that had been matured in the oak red wine barrels was very well received. It had a pleasant warm oak taste with just a hint of the red wine at the end. It was certainly a nice colour. I'm thinking that used barrels from the whisky and rum industry would produce a useful addition to the cider I'm able to offer.
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budgie



Joined: 24 Feb 2012
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Location: mid/north devon

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the chap over the road makes hes got some old jack barrels and that cider is LUSH but i'm a cloudy man his old scrumpy is to die for and i think some folks think they died the day after drinking it!! lol got to love townies!
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dropped on lucky today and managed to pick up these two stainless tables from the local scrapyard for eighty quid. They'd come from a school kitchen and will go well in my cider room.









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12Bore



Joined: 07 Oct 2011
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Location: Paddling in the Mersey

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like a bargain
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A website? The time has come for us to get a website for our cider enterprise. For better or worse, we've bought a couple of domain names. We've got www.ourcider.com and www.ourcider.co.uk
Other than paying for someone to host the website, so far  that's as far as we've got. We're definitely going to need some help from you computer types out there to come up with a half decent website.

I like the look of Debbies new Hidden Valley Pigs site and like the features on these two very different cider sites.

http://www.cornishorchards.co.uk/

and this site that belongs to our friend Little Chris.

http://rockinghamforestcider.moonfruit.com/home/4517763392
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Digindeep



Joined: 27 Nov 2008
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Location: Staffordshire

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look like very good and interesting sites, clear and fresh..
Best of luck with creating yours....wish I could help...but totally pish with such things....sure some members will be more than willing to help you out...  
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12Bore



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with the website, I can run an e-commerce site, but I've never built one
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bodger



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We sold out of apple juice completely on the Saturday and we've had a lot of people asking for it this weekend. We still managed to sell just over 50 gallons of cider this weekend. Our takings would have been considerably more if we'd had the apple juice to sell.
We have a break of two weeks now before our next cider extravaganza.  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well its a start but only a start. Its our first ever  attempt at constructing and running a website. There's nothing on it at the moment but please do keep popping in to see how things are developing. Constructive criticism and advice will be much appreciated. I've got loads of ideas and not a clue how to implement them.

http://www.ourcider.co.uk/

Its going to take some time and head scratching to get it as we like, so bear with us. I love the fact that the package comes with a built in blog..

Many thanks to Debbie and Escape for steering us in the right direction.
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12Bore



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wahey! Well done  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well. This evening, I've made the first entry on the blog facility that came with my website package. Even though I've had a couple of pints of apple juice in an attempt to counter act my technology blindness, I think it worked. I hope I still think the same way when I've had a look at it in the morning. See what you think.

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