All posts by: Jim C

It’s that time of year again, when cider makers and people wanting their apples to go to good homes contact us to get in touch with us.

If you are donating apples, or in need of more apples please leave your details on the document below.

Add your details here – The Apple Sharing Exchange

Do you have an apple tree but can’t use all your apples? Due to recent demand of people wanting to learn how to make their own cider, we are going to help make this even easier for you.

Please consider sharing your surplus apples and pears with other members of the Real Cider community.

We hope you think this is ethically, socially and environmentally friendly way of managing the free resource of fresh apples we have each year!

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Food labelling has to be very strict, in that the manufacturers have to declare the order of food that is in the item. For allergy, and health reasons being the main factors.

So why can drinks manufacturers create an alcoholic drink and call it a ‘cider’?

When I saw this post on Dowding’s Cider Blog. it got me thinking. It’s only a matter of time before consumers and legislation demands better labelling for cider. Right?

Did you know that the legal minimum apple juice content to qualify as a cider is only 35%?

One of our most popular posts on real cider is Ciders not recognised as being Real.
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Farmers are investigating willow woodchip mulch as an effective method of tackling apple scab in a new field lab with Innovative Farmers.

The farmer-led field lab is trialling willow mulch in commercial orchards and will be carrying out a cost benefit analysis of this non-chemical control approach, following initial research by the University of Reading into the pharmaceutical qualities of willow.

A range of growers, including members of the National Association of Cider Makers and small holders, are taking part in the AHDB sponsored field lab that was launched at an event last week with Sheppy’s Cider.

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So heres our review of this years favourite ciders to enjoy over the festive season.

All guaranteed to give you that warm glow from the inside –

Pouring draught cider at Heck’s in Somerset

  • Red Streak, Perry’s – A medium single variety lightly sparkling cider, from the Somerset Redstreak cider apple. A rich fruity taste, and interesting dark red colour, definately sets this cider apart from the rest. 6.0% ABV.

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