These apples were pounded inside a stainless steel milk churn and then pressed inside a stainless steel lined garage press. After about 9 hours work, I got 5 gallons of juice which fermented naturally.
Welcome to Rosie's website! We are now in our tenth year of cider making and I would like to let you know our history, why and how we started, that sort of thing.
I used to make country wines when I was a boy, but it took another 30 years before I thought making cider would be a good way to combine a number of my hobbies.
For my first attempt at cider making, I collected apples from our own crab apple trees and added a few others from local sources.
By now, I had joined the Welsh Perry and Cider Society and responded to a call for entries to the CAMRA Bottled Cider Competition at Reading 2006. Astonishingly, our 4 bottles of this first cider won gold! I was now hooked!
I've been very lucky in that my cider has won significant awards every year since I started - which in turn has provided me with the confidence to develop my cider making hobby.
Well, the hobby grew horns and in 2011 I resigned from a factory job and become a full time cider maker. What I really like about making cider is that the work changes with the seasons and there is always a fresh challenge on the horizon.