Dunton cidery producing the goods a year in

Simon Bailes working on his cidery in Dunton
Simon Bailes working on his cidery in Dunton
  • A Dunton cidery is selling locally produced cider
  • Simon Bailes has been fermenting the apples used for a year
  • You can donate your own apples or take a tour of the facilities

A Dunton cidery is selling locally produced cider to surrounding pubs and shops across Chronicle Country.

Simon Bailes has produced the cider which has been over a year in the making.

In 2013 Simon was made redundant after 20 years working in the waste industry and made the decision to turn brewing cider into a full time job.

In January 2014 Franklin’s Cider was established (Franklin is one of Simon’s middle names) and the first 16 tonnes of apples were sourced, pressed and fermentation started in the Cidery at Church Farm, Dunton.

Simon said: “Fermentation is slow, and once complete the cider is matured for around six months so this first batch of cider became ready for drinking in early 2015.

“Since then Franklin’s Cider has been making its way into pubs and shops across Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties.”

Simon uses locally sourced apples to produce cider from 100 per cent fresh apple juice.

He said: “I am very keen to generate public involvement by getting people to pick apples and to bring them to the cidery to be swapped for cider or apple juice.”

In the autumn of 2015 when your apples start to ripen you can give Simon a call and he will talk you through how to get your apples to the cidery.

If you fancy learning how to make cider Simon is also offering a number of courses in the autumn where you can learn the basics of selecting apples, pressing them and then fermenting the resulting juice.

You will have the opportunity to use the equipment and will be able to take home some apple juice at the end of the day to ferment your own cider.

Simon can be contacted on 01767 310424, franklinscider@outlook.com or via the Franklins Cider website www.franklinscider.co.uk