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I used to make country wines when I was a small boy. A few Demi Johns of that stuff hung around the farm for decades. Rycotewood College, Thame was followed by a 10 year stint at Brymbo Steel Works with hobbies changing from rallying to classic car restoration. 20 years at Continental Can/Ball had hobbies move to D-Type Jaguars and back this time, to making cider.
For my first attempt at cider making, I collected apples from our own crab apple trees and added a few others from local sources.
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.
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 felt something must have gone right! So I made a bit more, year on year. Since then I have sold my cider at the Royal Bath and West Show, The Three Counties Show and the Great Yorkshire Show. I have sold my cider at shows and festivals with 20 other cider makers doing the same and competed strongly.
I’ve been very lucky in that my cider and perry has won significant awards every year since I started – which in turn provided me with the confidence and incentive to develop the cider making hobby. Well, the hobby grew horns and in 2011, I became a full time cider maker. So that’s what I now do for a living.
What I really like about making cider is that the type and scope of the work changes every couple of months and within that timeframe, the job roles can change by the minute! There is usually a fresh challenge on the horizon, one of the repeat jobs is trying to keep the trees pointing upwards.