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Cider-making, Assington Mill, 11th September 2016

Author: Anne Holden, Assington Mill Published: 4th September 2016 12:12

Cider MakingPutting the apples through the pulveriser. Cider-making, Assington Mill.
11th September 2016, 10am - 4.30pm

Assington Mill Rural Skills and Craft Courses

Tutor:   Simon Reed

Cyder (fermented from apples) and perry (from pears) are amongst the oldest drinks produced in the UK.  As world leader, Britain is the largest cyder making country in the world and has a marvelous tradition and heritage associated with the products.  (Cyder is the term for the first pressing with nothing added;  cider is made by adding up to ten times water to the volume of apple pomage.)  This one-day course is suitable for beginners, for those interested in making cider or perry at home and for anyone with an interest in these unique, versatile and tasty products.

Cider Making 2Using the apple press.













Course content:


History, heritage and traditions of cider making
Types and use of apples & pears
Choice and care of equipment
Milling and pressing of apples & pears
Fermentation & Maturation

  • Blending & bottling

Click on Simon Reed's name to see more about him.

Students'  comments:

Learnt more about cider making than I thought I knew.  Venue - excellent.  Course content very thorough and well organised.

Very helpful, gave me much more confidence and answered many questions.

Very impressed overall - many thanks.

Very enjoyable - thank you.

Terrific venue, lovely spot for any course.  Really well looked after - lovely lunch.

Really friendly, relaxed environment.  Having lunch with the owners really added to the enjoyment of the day as it was great to listen to how it has all come together.

I just wanted to email to say how much we enjoyed the course – we have great ideas now for going and taking over the garage to start brewing our own!

Incredible location, venue, catering, welcome.  Teaching was excellent, very knowledgeale, enthusiastic, responsive.  I feel enthused and knowledgeable enough to start cyder making.  A perfect day, nice group of people.

Absolutely excellent all round!  Course, lunch, venue.  Thank you very much.  Congratulations to Simon & Rough Old Wife for their award today.  Pip J






















 Cider Tasting 3Bottling and ....














What to Bring

  • A few ripe apples of any variety to add to the mix
  • A small plastic bottle for a juice sample to take home
  • Strong, practical footwear
  • Overalls

Cider Making 4

Contact Anne Holden for information about the course on:
Tel: 01787 229955
Mobile: 07770 550570
Email: info@assingtonmill.com

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