Costs and ordering equipment
To get your equipment in time for the pressing weekend, you need to take action this week. Although there is a homebrew shop in London where you can buy things over-the-counter, it holds very little stock and is very expensive. It may be handy for last-minute omissions though. If you want to use it, they can deliver for £5. I have not managed to locate any other retail places nearby.
For the record, the shop is:
The Homebrew Shop
14b Pitfield St, N1
Rather than using this, I would recommend one of the two following options:
As a group, we are intending to do a communal order from Richard Burns of the Cheers homebrew shop in Cheam, Surrey. This is the place where the presses are being hired from. Richard is a very enthusiastic, helpful and friendly chap. He is giving us a good discount, which makes his prices very reasonable (though 5-gallon fermenters are cheaper elsewhere - coming to that in a minuteâ€¦). Blake has offered to drive down in his dad's camper just before the pressing, to collect our ordered equipment and bring it back, either to the farm or to people's homes. What a man! This makes it a very easy way to get your gear.
What you need to do if you want to take this option is:
-Select your items from the list below.
-Post your order on the Cider equipment orders
thread. This must be done before Friday 1pm
, so that Blake can phone in our order to Richard on Friday afternoon, so that he can in turn order from his supplier if necessary.
-Pay Blake. We will have a session this weekend, perhaps in the Royal Oak (Roadrunner, I assume you in your â€˜logisticator' role are making sure this is organised and details posted), where people can drop in with their money, for this and for the communal costs. If you cannot do this, I'm sure some other way of paying will become apparent in due course!
Prices from Richard in Cheam (after discount):
5-gallon fermenter £12-50
Screw-on lid with bunghole and o-ring seal
No tap, bung or airlock
2-gallon â€˜favourite' fermenter £7-75
(this 2-gallon thing comes highly recommended by Richard)
1-gallon glass demijohn £3-99
1-gallon plastic demijohn £1-95
Bored bung 25p
Buy online, checking that they will deliver in time. You will easily find several suppliers by googling. One that I found to be cheaper than some of the others is Hamstead: http://www.hamstead-brewing-centre.co.uk/catalog.htm
They charge £6-50 for delivery per parcel, and if you order by Mon 8 Nov, they say they will deliver by Sat 13 Nov. They can get 4 or more 5-gallon fermenters in one parcel (were reluctant to be exact when I spoke to them) as well as a few smaller things, and the fermenters are much cheaper than Richard above, at £8.99.
If people clubbed together to get large fermenters from Hamstead, it might be cheaper than from Cheam, and would free up a lot of space in Blake's camper!
Another well-respected online supplier is Vigo: http://www.vigoltd.com/index.asp
I reckon they are a little more expensive than Hamstead.
The choice is yours! But remember remember the 5th of November: the deadline for ordering stuff from Richard's shop via Blake's camper.