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Course details

Apple pressing for cider making

Starts: 11 October 2012 10:00
Ends: 11 October 2012 15:30

The Magdalen Project, Winsham, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4PA

Find out about all aspects of keeping bees and extracting honey for your table. Aimed at the complete beginner who wants to find out more about what is involved in keeping bees and equipment needed to get started.
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum Group Size: 8

Cost: £77.50 per person
Includes: Notes, light refreshments and homemade lunch with cider tasting.
Course Format: This course is based outside but under cover at Magdalen. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, and stout shoes/boots. You are welcome to bring your own apples to be pressed but please also bring container to take the juice home with you.
Tutor Details: Colin & Julie Comben
Colin, along with his wife Julie, have been making cider on a small commercial basis for over 8 years. Their own orchard is located in their farmstead in North Dorset.
Course Structure:


  • Introductions
  • Expectations of the day
  • Housekeeping elements
  • Health & Safety aspects
  • History
  • Legal requirements
  • Equipment


  •     Pressing
  •     Fermentation
  •     Racking
  •     Secondary Fermentation
  •     Storage
  •     Pasturisation of Apple Juice
  •     Vinegar

Practical Sessions

  •     Selection of Apples
  •     Washing
  •     Pulping
  •     Pressing


  • Question & Answer session
  • Evaluation of the day and in meeting expectations

To book:

Tel: 01460 30144 Email:

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