With the pears out of the way for the moment it’s time to turn to what’s become an annual ritual, pressing the apples. Unlike beer, I only get one shot a year at this. Loosing a batch of stout might be annoying but I can have another batch on the go in days, loosing cid/cys/er … Continue reading Cysing up
It’s that time again! I’ve mentioned before the Orchard round the back of work. Our building’s on the site of an old farm that was at one point a monastery. The orchard’s recently planted but round the back of the buildings there’s a few patches of bramble and trees that clearly outdate the labs. I … Continue reading Pressing issues – a Nice Pear
I’ve been a bit slack on posting ( again ) but things are going well – I’ve split my apple juice into two batches – one for straight cider, one for cyser. The first ferment was done after about ten days – taking the S.G. from 1.045 to 1.002. I added a teaspoon of tannin … Continue reading Sham pain anyone?
It’s that time of year again, apples are dropping from the branches. I’ve rummaged in the attic and dragged out the necessary gear, it’s time to fire up the press and get cider making – or in this case cyser as I’ll be adding quite a lot of honey to my apple juice. This is … Continue reading Cyser House Rules
Here’s a quickie for you – cinnamon and apple soda breads, you can have them on the plate in less than half an hour. Soda bread goes stale quite quickly so plan on eating them as soon as they’re done or warm them again and have them the day after. Once again I did everything … Continue reading Soda bread
It’s most definitely autumn, leaves are falling and crops are coming in. It’s a time of plenty for us but for bees it’s a last dash to gather rapidly dwindling resources Except for my buckfast’s who are being spoon fed vast amounts of syrup in a desperate attempt to shore them up for the winter. … Continue reading The Chutney Rebel
The quest for things to do with a bucket of honey goes on. The cyser isn’t ready but it is in bottles. It looks like something that would get you admitted to the kidney ward should you hand it in at the doctors but a sneaky taste revealed a sharp, wonderfully aromatic concoction. It needs … Continue reading The Naked Apiarist Bakes Off