About the Day
The cider making day will start at Brogdale Farm with a history of cider making in Kent as well as covering the health and safety aspects of making cider for commercial use and cider making at home, this is a great time fr a bit of Q&A and get your queries answered. You will then spend the rest of the morning getting ‘hands on’ with cider making, learning valuable skills from the knowledgeable founder of Woolly Pig Cider.
After lunch you will Visit the Woolly Pig Cider shed you can analyse the difference in juices and apples, their acidity and how this affects the resulting cider. Finishing off with tasting, this course promises to be a fun day out as well as a great learning experience, starting you on your path to successful cider making at home.
You will need: Sensible clothing and pen/pad for note taking.
About the Instructor
Debbie Hickman has been involved in making and selling cider at Brogdale for the last 15 years and co-owns the Tiddly Pomme, the on-site drinks and gifts shop. Debbie’s other half, Neil, has been Brogdale’s resident artisan cider maker for the last 6 years, producing award-winning craft ciders including Woolly Pig and Brogdale Perry.
Before opening the Tiddly Pomme in 2007 Debbie was Operations Manager at Brogdale, launched Brogdale Juices in 2006 and co-founded Grow, the on-site plant centre in 2008, but now concentrates (with Neil) on making cider and selling it (and other lovely local drinks and gifts) through the Tiddly Pomme. With a long family history of farming in the West Country, Debbie reckons cider making (and drinking) must be in her genes!