Tuesday 1 September 2009 9.58pm
So, it pretty much looks like things are coming together!
Is it a good idea to have a quick meet-up, or should we try and sort it out on the forum, do we think?
Whatever we do, the things we got written down from Sunday, and which we'll probably end up discussing however we do it, are:
1 - A source of approx 1/2 tonne of apples. (Jon's friend? Or someone mentioned a source in Kent earlier in this thread)
2 - One or 2 people to pick up apples, and a small van (I'll ask Carpoint). On Fri 16th Oct.
3 - One person, and car, to pick up press and scratter from Cheam. Preferably on Friday. Possibly
on Sat 17th, but the earlier we get the gear to the farm the better a day we'll have, imho.
4 - One person, and car, to get the press back to Cheam on Monday 19th Oct.
5 - As many people as possible who want to spend Sat 17th having fun, meeting some SE1-ers, checking out the excellent City Farm, and making cider.
6 - to know how much juice people might want to make (I know some people just like to come and take part, and have no interest in taking juice and making cider. But we should get some idea of how much juice we're aiming for, and how many apples we need.)
As a guide, we pressed around half a tonne of apples last yr, and I think
we must have got somewhere around or over 30 gallons. And for that sort of volume, with the fixed costs of the van and press hire, and petrol, it came to around £7 a gallon - tell me if I'm wrong Jon, please: I know you did the money last yr. I'm largely guesstimating costs, and remembering when I did the cash before and we made a lot more cider. It's the van hire and petrol that's the big fixed cost, so if anyone had a vehicle that could take a payload of half a tonne it would bring costs right down.
As a help to thinking about how much you might want to make, there are two conventional options: either ferment in 1 Gallon demijohns, or in (approx) 6 gallon fermenters (slightly over knee height, and about 18in wide). Or any mix thereof.
I love it when we're at this stage. Let us know what you all think, and we'll take it from there.
...if you press it, they will come.