This book is for anyone who wants to grow and to make good cider or even simple apple juice. Whether you have a back garden with a couple of apple trees, several acres of orchard deep in the countryside, or you’re just ‘scrumping’ apples from friends and neighbors every autumn, this book is for you.
Andrew Lea is a retired food biochemist who started his career in the tea industry and then spent 13 years at the Long Ashton Research Station (the National Fruit and Cider Institute) in the 1970's and 80's where he gained his PhD for studies on apple tannins. After the closure of the Cider Section, he became Head of Beverage Research for a private food consultancy and analysis business, with many cidermakers amongst his clients. He has been a hobby cidermaker with his own small orchard and cider press for over 20 years and has won many prizes at the Bath and West and the Hereford International Cider Competitions. Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.