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October 17, 2012

Guluup….Guluup….Guluup…ad infinitum

Now, what they don’t tell you, anywhere, about making cider, is the bloody noise of it!!!  We are (well, i say we, by that obvs i mean Adam) starting to get the hang of it, but i have been driven slightly mad(der?) by the fermenting.  It’s like water torture!  Constant guluup-ing of the bubbles, and now we’ve got two stills (am sure that’s not the word, but it’ll have to do for now) on the go, i can’t get a moments peace.  We have at least moved them out of the kitchen, where i work, and into the playroom.  The plus side is that this muffles the sound a bit for me.  The downside is that the playroom now has the distinct smell of booze permeating everywhere, which isn’t exactly the best look for responsible (ahem) parents such as we.  Hey ho.

But, we’ve now invested in a second, bigger press, and a lethal-looking crusher.  The bargain versions that we got off the old man, whilst OK, simply weren’t doing the trick quickly enough, and since there’s still a good tonne of apples yet to be processed, something had to give.  So now we’re in a cycle, scrumping and picking apples, pressing at the weekend, going mad with the guluup-ing during the week, and then all again at the weekend.  Could go on for a while.  We’ve discovered a disused orchard opposite the house, with 4 or 5 trees literally groaning with fruit, that would have all gone to waste.  Such a pity i don’t like cider.  Since we’re set for life for making it…

Where once we had a conservatory, now, well, see for yourselves, just a mess!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2012 1:45 pm

    OOOHHHHHHHHH EEEM GEEE that’s wicked!!!

    • October 17, 2012 1:58 pm

      Aint’ it though?! Gonna be making bubbly and flat cider…apparently!!!! Ready for xmas, it’ll go fast…come bring la famille juice…come come come!!!! xxx

  2. October 19, 2012 3:04 am

    FYI – I am planning on coming to the UK next summer to coincide with Zoe’s birthday (first in over a decade) and hoping to go on an English odessy beginning of August so (a) don’t plan a vacation at that time and (b) save us some of that cider.

    In the meantime, sounds like you are going to have to cultivate a taste for the ol’ hard apple juice. xxC

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