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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Monday 3 November 2008

Decanting old cider.

I really do NOT know why the photos are so big...I am putting them up as small, as I always have done, but they are coming out huge....?

This is last years cider waiting to be decanted into smaller containers.

We sterilised everything then started the syphoning process.

Mmmm lovely cider

and the end result! The cider tastes good!

We will bottle a demijohn into some glass wine bottles to keep, but the rest can stay in these plastic 5 L containers... they are water bottles but are exactly the same as the plastic demijohns one can buy...so we have recycled them!

That way if the cider is still fermenting there will just be a mess and not a mess AND shards of glass!


  1. That is a lot of cider. Very impressive. I am not a big cider fan, but that's probably because I abused my tastebuds in my teenage years drinking Woodpecker. (I was young, that's my excuse!)

    Have PMed you on INEBG, btw.

  2. My goodness thats a lot of cider.... you are in for a very good winter hic!hic!!
    What a great feeling though (apart from the intoxication..) to sit all cosy by your fire on a winters night with a nice glass of home-made cider... Well done and enjoy!!
    Hope you are beginning to feel better and in less pain?
    Thinking of you Sarah..
    Love Jane xxxx

  3. yum, yum, yum! I'm drooling. I've actually got quite a large amount of cider in the fridge at the moment as we stopped off at Broome Farm in Peterstow the other day. Still, there's no such thing as too much cider.... :)

  4. Blimey, that's a seriously industrious kitchen!

  5. BTW, hope you're feeling better!

  6. Thank you for all the lovely good wishes and comments...I wish you could all come round and we could drink some!

  7. I love the look of a productive kitchen. Yours is wonderful.

  8. Hello rhonda jean! Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting.

    I DO feel we have been quite productive this year, despite the poor harvest of many things from the garden. Our top fruit (apart from apples) was a disaster...hardly any plums at all from 5 trees.

    And a lot of veg was poor this year ...but we have a good stock of food in for th winter and lots of chutney, cider, wine etc on the go...so life will be merry, at least...



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