Our guest speaker for this meeting James Ostergren, a winemaker at the Mission, but also a cider maker for his own label, Edge Brook. He has joined in partnership with an apple orchardist and they are making ciders of varying styles. The main varieties are Ballarat, Braeburn, NZ Queen and NZ Rose and by varying the percentages of each and adding a few others along with differing techniques some really interesting ciders are emerging. They are all around 6% alcohol and are dry with some carbonation. The apples are picked in June and left in bins for two months before crushing and pressing. Pectin and SO2 are added at this stage. He uses two different yeasts and cold ferments. The styles are Kent , Gloucester and West Country. The West Country style has gone through malolactic fermentation and is quite different from the others.
The raffle, several biscuit jars, was won by Jason.
The results of the monthly Points Cups Competition were: Joe won Bronze for his Dry Red Fruit and David won Bronze for his Bitter Pale Ale