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Advanced Cider Making Course

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The ideal course for those looking to perfect their cider and create specific blends. Run by experienced cider consultant - Bob Chaplin.

The course is a mix of lecture and practical with the opportunity to create your own blend of cider to take home with you. A hearty lunch is included and the whole thing is set in the Courtney's of Whimple orchard (part of the old Whiteways orchards which are over 100 years old).

Course content includes:

  • Base Cider & Analysis
  • Equipment
  • Decisions & Calculations - Your Choice of Cider Style
  • Total Acidity
  • Calculations
  • Blending
  • Bottling and Pasteurising

About Bob Chaplin

Having worked in the cider industry for almost fifty years our expert has a wealth of experience. Previously employed for over forty years at The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill during which time he worked in the technical department, New Product Development and many production roles covering the entire process from orchard management to bottling and packaging.

He has also great recent experience working for a start up cider business and acting as a consultant assisting cider makers in the South West.

But it’s not just a job for our guy it’s a passion. He is secretary to The South West of England Cider Makers' Association, is heavily involved in the British Cider Championship at the Bath & West Show and also regularly acts as a cider judge at many competitions.

Course Timings: 9am - 3pm

Location: Whimple, Devon. EX5 2PD

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