Changes in the weather af­fect crop

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stream ciders.

“We de­lib­er­ately make it dif­fer­ent to main­stream ciders us­ing an English farm­house strain, which is not so clean look­ing or sweet,” Mr Kraus said.

“Our cider is nat­u­rally fer­mented and it con­tains less wa­ter than other ciders, mak­ing it have about eight per cent al­co­hol con­tent.

“Our cider is quite chal­leng­ing and com­plex and it is not your usual run-ofthe-mill cider.

“It does taste dif­fer­ent be­cause we are look­ing for the nat­u­ral fla­vors of the fruit.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kraus, pro­duc­ing cider ap­ples would be a “good in­dus­try to break into” as they are cur­rently very hard to source due to their high de­mand.

“There are cur­rently a num­ber of lo­cal grow­ers graft­ing a cider ap­ple va­ri­ety to grow as cider ap­ples are al­most im­pos­si­ble to source with de­mand so high,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously grow­ers would want a good yield, but to us the vis­ual ap­pear­ance doesn’t mat­ter.

“I would think farm­ers would have less in­puts be­cause they would not have to worry about what they look like, so it would be a good in­dus­try to break into from that per­spec­tive,” Mr Kraus said.

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