buying from Borough market would be cost prohibitive, and they wouldn't necessarily have a decent mixture of cider apples.
yes we could contact a seller there, and arrange something, but not at Borough Market prices.
Apples are ready (will be ready at the right time), in fact by most accounts it's been a very good year for apples.
re-arranging weekends at this late stage is not an option (2 weeks to go!).
I have a friend who says that he has lots of apples left, which we can have, picked and bagged, but they're mostly Bramleys, and I don't think he has any cider apple varieties - but it is an option (one bag of Bramleys would help with the mix)
Hope to be able to join you in cider making. The mini javcs really enjoyed it last time. I have a couple of demijohns but if anyone can get a couple of airlock for them I would be very grateful. Thanks
I don't need to do any shopping - we've got all our kit just about - so I'm sorry I can't add what you want to an order of ours - but I'd suggest either doing a mail order/internet order from any decent brew shop (airlocks cost about £1.25 iirc, postage is negligible), or get whoever's going to pick the press up to get you some stuff from Cheers of Cheam.
(I'm sure I don't need to remind you that you'll need plenty of sterilising solution as well)
I'm afraid that we won't be able to make it after all* (and I am genuinely gutted as it really is a great day out - so anyone wondering whether or not to join in, should just do it)
But if I can help on Friday with the car please let me know
(* for various reasons I won't bore you with ... and had forgotten Ivanhoe wasn't going to be snb-ing tonight so was going to placate him with much beer and promises of knitted apple cosies and demi-john warmers.)
I will hit the 'post message' key with trepidation and then roll into the recovery position ...
I've put a WANTED post on the UKcider group, as well as on a forum of small orchard owners in the Somerset area. I'll see whether we can get a similar ad in a suitable local paper in a cidermaking area.
We could use eating fruit (with Bramleys or crabs for bitterness), but it would at best make a blander and thinner cider than if we used cider fruit. I'd only view that as a very last resort, really.
well I'm sure that Ivanhoe can provide links to online brewing places to order supplies from, and of course there is Cheers, in Cheam.
one online beer shop I like is Beers of Europe which has a brewing section with some equipment. It's expanded now, and has beers, and ciders from all over the world, and there are often special offers of just past the sell by date, or near sell by date beers. A very good site. and I'm not connected to it, other than being a happy customer when I found Desperados there!
Can't remember where I last had brewing supplies from, sorry, but I do remember I just did a quick 5 mins on google. Think the name began with "H-E-L-?M?......", but they're pretty standard products so it's really just down to price. (edit: I think it was from here http://www.stonehelm.co.uk/ delivery was good and quick)
Steriliser, 2 bungs (one with hole, one without), airlock, demijohn, (possibly some yeast), couple of metres of syphon tube, and you're away.