Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Tuesday 22 April 2008

Racking off the cider...

Well we did the wine a couple of weeks back..and now its time to do the same with the cider!

Except the Cider is in 25 L containers, so a certain amount of jiggery pokery was needed to get the levels correct so the syphoning actually worked...also the cider lives in the Workshop, so I had to clean and sterilise everything and then take it all out there ( making sure NOT to put the stuff down on the dirty bench!)I know I don't NEED to be this careful, after all scrumpy gets made in some pretty rough old barns, BUT I want this stuff to keep .....

Anyway we now have 5 demijohns of cider and a clean 25 L container of cider...I washed out the first one and refilled it from the second one!

And this is the stuff at the bottom of the container which we DIDN'T want to drink!!

The cider we have made is very nice, BTW and quite potent!

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