Christmas Community Cider Project Batch 1 is made with apples from Inglesham, Wiltshire. The apples were hand picked for the brewery by a qualified philosopher.

  • 29/09/2021 - 50kg of fruit pressed, producing around 25l of juice. 2 11l demijohns were filled, ending up as 'Christmas Community Cider Project 1' and 'Last Christmas'. The remaining 3l was drunk as apple juice. The measured gravity of the juice was 1.044, giving the brew a roughly 5.74% potential ABV. Added campden tablets to supress wild yeasts.
  • 30/09/2021 - Added 4.5g of Mangrove Jack cider yeast to demijohn and left to ferment with bubbler.
  • 01/10/2021 - Demijohn for other half of the batch was filled too high and was bubbling into the airlock. Cleaned neck of bottle and reduced level slightly. Ambient temperature is now dropping below 20 degrees centigrade.
  • 28/10/2021 - Fermentation finished and cider cleared. Siphoned brew out of demijohn and removed silt/cleaned then racked cider back into it for maturation. Added 1.4l of apple juice (campden tablets previously added) to demijohn to bring liquid level up and reduce air gap.
  • 04/11/2021 - Fermentation started again due to addition of new apple juice. Added bubbler to demijohn to prevent gas buildup.
  • 12/12/2021 - Fermentation finished. Siphoned from demijohn, removed silt and cleaned, racked back into sealed demijohn for maturation. Added 600ml of cooled boiled water to demijohn to reduce air gap.
  • 19/12/2021 - Bottled matured cider which has begun to clear. Added 20g/l of erythritol sweetener for taste, and 8g/l of sugar for carbonation. Bottling produced 18x500ml bottles for distribution, 1x4 pint milk bottle and a 500ml bottle for the bottling party, and tasting quantities along the way.