Cider making at Fowey Valley

What you'll do

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own cider at home without any expensive equipment? Your wish is our command!

In one wholesome afternoon join Fowey Valley founder and expert cider maker, Barrie. He will teach you everything you need to know about this delicious nectar. You'll craft your own gallon of cider to take home and ferment, with everything provided.

This experience will begin with an introduction to this cidery and distillery, followed by a short talk. Brush up on a short history of cider - find out how it gained popularity and how technology has advanced. How do cidermakers classify the hundreds of different apples used? Learn all about them and which ones to use when making your own.

Don’t know where to start with your equipment? There will be juicing presses, scratters, sieves, tanks, airlocks and much more to investigate. You'll be shown how to make cider in your kitchen using cheap whole fruit juicers.

There are so many different kinds of ciders, including scrumpy, eastern counties, dry, sweet, carbonated and champagne. You'll be introduced to these and get to try them too! (If you're driving a spittoon can be provided.) Discuss the kinds of cider you'd like to make and discover the different methods used to create them.

If you have your own trees, get up to speed with pruning, picking, and sugar levels. Sanitation is incredibly important when you’re making cider - you'll be shown why and how it can improve the quality. Then it's time to get really stuck in - you'll be juicing and straining using whole fruit juicers. Barrie will show you how to measure your starch, sugar, tannin, acid, PH and yeast.

Find out what to do with your cider when you get home. Barrie will cover keeping options, carbonation and sweetening pressure. Leave with your own gallon of cider and enjoy a proper Fowey Valley tasting. Sample everything in their range or take home a bottle or two if you're driving. Cheers to that!

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What you'll do

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own cider at home without any expensive equipment? Your wish is our command!

In one wholesome afternoon join Fowey Valley founder and expert cider maker, Barrie. He will teach you everything you need to know about this delicious nectar. You'll craft your own gallon of cider to take home and ferment, with everything provided.

This experience will begin with an introduction to this cidery and distillery, followed by a short talk. Brush up on a short history of cider - find out how it gained popularity and how technology has advanced. How do cidermakers classify the hundreds of different apples used? Learn all about them and which ones to use when making your own.

Don’t know where to start with your equipment? There will be juicing presses, scratters, sieves, tanks, airlocks and much more to investigate. You'll be shown how to make cider in your kitchen using cheap whole fruit juicers.

There are so many different kinds of ciders, including scrumpy, eastern counties, dry, sweet, carbonated and champagne. You'll be introduced to these and get to try them too! (If you're driving a spittoon can be provided.) Discuss the kinds of cider you'd like to make and discover the different methods used to create them.

If you have your own trees, get up to speed with pruning, picking, and sugar levels. Sanitation is incredibly important when you’re making cider - you'll be shown why and how it can improve the quality. Then it's time to get really stuck in - you'll be juicing and straining using whole fruit juicers. Barrie will show you how to measure your starch, sugar, tannin, acid, PH and yeast.

Find out what to do with your cider when you get home. Barrie will cover keeping options, carbonation and sweetening pressure. Leave with your own gallon of cider and enjoy a proper Fowey Valley tasting. Sample everything in their range or take home a bottle or two if you're driving. Cheers to that!

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Facilities

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • WiFi

COVID-19 guidelines

  • This host has plenty of space and sanitiser. Windows will be kept open. You're welcome to wear a mask

On the day

  • 1PM start, around 4PM finish
  • Don’t wear anything precious - you will go home smelling of apple juice
  • Bring sensible shoes, it can get a bit slippery
  • There's plenty of parking
  • Lostwitheiel railway station is a two minute walk away

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

About Fowey Valley Cidery & Distillery

Mass market ciders often aren't real cider. How come? Because they're not made solely from freshly pressed apples.

It’s common for commercial cider to be made from sugar water and concentrated apple juice, with added chemicals and flavourings. Not quite as wholesome as you might like!

At Fowey Valley, they only use the freshest of apples from their orchard and others nearby. Pure apples and nothing else. They wash their apples and reject any they wouldn't eat. They mill the apples into small pieces and press them using their belt press. This juice is pumped into their 1,000-litre tanks. They add yeast and then put the juice under an airlock for a year to slowly ferment. What comes out? Seriously delicious stuff.

Some is bottled as their award-winning Castledore - a clean, refreshing medium dry and lightly carbonated cider. The rest is put into champagne bottles with a small amount of sugar which kickstarts a year-long secondary fermentation.

During the third year, every day or so, the bottles are twisted to encourage the sediment to creep down and come to rest on the inside of the crown cap. When that happens, the cap and top of the neck are frozen. The sediment is removed before a small amount of sugar is added to sweeten the cider to Brut level. After a little time to allow for resettling, Fowey Valley's flagship Vintage Sparkling is ready to enjoy.

Ever wanted to make your own cider at home without any expensive equipment? In an afternoon Fowey Valley's founder and expert cider maker, Barrie, will teach you everything you need to know. You'll craft your own gallon of cider to take home and ferment with everything provided. All while using techniques and equipment (whole fruit juicers) that you can replicate at home!

How to get there

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Fowey Valley Cidery & Distillery.

Price
£80 / Adult
Duration
3 hrs
Age restriction
18+
Rebook or cancel up to 7 days before your experience.