$75 – $90

Cider Making: From Apple to Alcohol

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Heartwood Farm & Cidery

5438 Second Line

Erin, ON L7J 2L9


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Minga is excited to be partnering with Heartwood Farm and Cidery to offer this workshop!

Do you have an apple tree that gives you beautiful apples each year? Are you looking to expand beyond apple sauce, pies, butter, and crumble to something a little more risqué? Maybe you are just looking to cut your winter booze budget by buying cider in bulk and turning it into a delicious boozy beverage at home to share with friends and family.

Heartwood Farm & Cidery creates inspired connections between community, land, food and drink. The farm uses traditional farm practices to raise pastured livestock as well as produce maple syrup, grow an orchard and this year, start a cidery! Passionate about regenerative agriculture, the farm reaches out to the community with workshops, seminars and workbees. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know, taking you through the whole cider making process from apple to alcohol. You'll get your hands wet processing apples, see and taste samples of each stage of the process, learn how a small scale commercial cidery operates, and take home a jug of cider ready to bubble away and instructions on how to complete the process at home.

What you will learn:

  • Selecting the best apple varieties for your cider.
  • Processing apples from washing to pressing to carboys.
  • How to safely store and monitor your cider while it ferments at home.
  • Red flags to look out for while fermenting at home.
  • How to safely bottle and store your finished cider.
  • Where to source apples, cider, and equipment required for your future cider making adventures.

What you will take home:

  • One 4L glass jug of juice prepared and ready to take home home
  • Step-by-step hand-out booklet so you can recreate the cider magic next year
  • Clear and simple instructions on how to complete the fermentation and bottling process at home.
  • Recommendations for where to source your ingredients and gear for future cider projects.
  • A new batch of cider-palls to get together with, sample and compare the products of your labour, and maybe even conspire for future ferments.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are looking for inspiration for what to do with your apples.
  • You are looking to economize on your booze budget without compromising on quality
  • You are a true DIY-er at heart
  • You love to get outside and learn a new skill in the glorious fall weather
  • You are passionate about local food and drink and want to get to know one of Wellington County's newest commercial cideries.


When: Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Heartwood Farm & Cidery, 5438 Second Line, Erin, ON

Class size: Max. 15

Cost: $75.00 - $90.00 (includes all equipment, refreshments, and ingredients, step-by-step hand-out, and take home materials)

What to bring: Warm clothes (dress in layers, you'll be working outside), spare gloves/mitts (in case you get wet), waterproof footwear


** You do not need to register on Eventbrite. You can send an email money transfer to ami@mingaskillbuilding.ca. Do not include ‘fees’ in the transfer.

*** If this workshop is financially inaccessible to you and you would like to negotiate a payment plan or bartered arrangement, please contact Minga at info@mingaskillbuilding.ca


Your Instructors:

Val Steinmann, Brent Klassen, Bill Whitehead, Kat Scott

The Heartwood Farm & Cidery team consists of four amazing individuals:

Val Steinmann, with a MA in adult education and community issues, has been farming the land and raising grassfed beef using managed grazing and permaculture techniques for over 10 years.

Kat Scott, with a background in the backwoods, theatre and psychology has taken her logistical (and sometimes theatrical) sense and come on to assist with administration and project management.

Bill Whitehead, a graphic designer, former radio host, fermentation revivalist and now cider maker, once interviewed Sandor Ellix Katz, and realized life was meant to be funky.

Brent Klassen’s educational background is in computer science and music, and he has been a founding partner of a couple of Guelph-based marketing agencies. However, he started planting apple trees on the farm several years ago and concluded that the only thing to be done was to become a cider maker! He studied cider-making with Peter Mitchell at Cornell University and is certified by the National Association of Cider Makers.


Cancellation Guidelines

  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 5 days notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 5 days notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • We are unable to provide a refund after the workshop takes place.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

Thank you to your partners for helping to make this workshop possible!

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