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Raising a glass to a growing trend for cider

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

  • The book features a step-by-step guide to making home brewed cider

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The UK's cider explosion is going global, according to Bill Bradshaw, author of the new Cider Manual published this month by Haynes.

And for those who want to make their own the Somerset-based publishers famous for their illustrated step-by-step guide to car maintenance, include a similar guide to producing the West Country's most famous drink.

Cider has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in the UK over the last decade, and the foreign export market now looks set to be big business this year.

According to industry estimates, cider drinkers across the world will be enjoying an extra 704 million pints a year by 2018.

The Cider Manual has been written in response to rapidly growing popularity of the drink, which has seen millions of pounds invested in new orchards and cider production across the globe.

The resurgence is evident locally as well as internationally.

By 2011, multinational breweries around the world were significantly investing in cider production, whilst at the same time there has been a sharp rise in the number of people making cider at home.

The manual is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated guide to everything from the history and culture of cider production, growing and harvesting apple trees, through to cider making for both pleasure and profit.

The culture section pays tribute to Frank Naish, of Pilton, near Glastonbury, who was Britain's oldest cider-maker when he died last November aged 89.

Mr Bradshaw, a Somerset-based photographer and writer has travelled the world studying cider cultures.

He said: "Cider has such a strong history and heritage in Britain so it's very gratifying for cider enthusiasts like me to see the rest of the world starting to recognise it for its wonderful and varied flavours and character.

"We're already seeing cider becoming hugely popular in other English speaking countries including the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – all of whom have young, enthusiastic cider cultures and a healthy array of producers."

The UK already produces half the cider in the world and experts predict the UK market alone will grow by 119 million pints by 2018, an increase of 17 per cent over the next four years.

Mr Bradshaw, who has judged cider at the world's largest cider competition, at the Royal Bath and West Show, has five top tips to help novice cider-makers.

They are: try and find real cider apples which taste and ferment much better than dessert fruit; make sure equipment is completely clean and sterile before putting juice in it or your hard work will be ruined; sounds obvious but make sure the fruit is ripe; invest in a hygrometer to measure sugar content; don't be tempted to keep the cider warm so that it ferments more quickly – low and slow is better.

Follow Mr Bradshaw's blog at IAMCIDER.blogspot.com

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