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How To Brew Your Own Cider

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Over in the USA, apple cider is a soft drink that is essentially just concentrated apple juice. But we all know that traditional British cider is where it’s at… Here in the UK, apple cider is fermented, which makes it alcoholic and it is revered as being a quintessential taste of summer, a staple of the West Country and is available in a massive array of fruity regional flavours. So how can you brew your own cider at home? We’ve found an easy to follow recipe from Countryfile that can help you learn the basics.

What home brewing equipment will you need? 

You’ll need: a juicer, straining bag, 5 gallon bucket open top bucket, 2 gallon bucket (you will need to drill 30 holes into the bottom), hydrometer, funnel, demijohns, measuring jug and cider bottles.

We’ve got a fantastic 30L Plastic Fermentation Bucket that would be great for making cider with, as it has a handy measurement guide printed on the side. We also have a wide range of glass beer and cider bottles with crown caps that are perfect for filling with your finished beverage.

What ingredients will you need?

Ingredients: 8kg apples, 5g champagne yeast, Campden tablets and sugar (only needed if you want to make sparkling cider). This quantity of ingredients will make 5 gallons (approximately 22 litres) of cider.

How To Brew Your Own Cider

Step 1: Pick Your Apples

If you’ve got an apple tree in your garden then great, but if not, supermarket apples are just as good. The type of apple you pick will determine the taste of your cider, so choose wisely. Bramley apples will produce a sharp, tangy cider, whilst Gala apples will create a sweeter flavour. You could even use both tangy and sweet apples together to make the perfect brew!

Step 2: Clean Your Home Brewing Equipment

Fermenting cider is a scientific process and it’s important to make sure that the equipment you’re using is free of any dirt or germs that might interfere with the process. Make sure that you soak all of your equipment in hot water for a couple of hours before use and add 4 Campden tablets per gallon of water used to sterilise them.

Step 3: Juice The Apples

Now that everything is clean and ready to go, you can extract the juice from your apples. Set up your juicer so that it dispenses the juice into your straining bag, which should be placed in your smaller straining bucket (with the 30 tiny holes drilled into the bottom). The straining bucket needs to above your larger fermenting bucket, which is where your perfectly filtered juice will end up. The straining bag and stating bucket will filter out all the tiny bits of pulp and skin that gets through the juicer’s filters, leaving you with a crystal clear apple juice. Measure the gravity of your pure apple juice using your hydrometer and record the measurement (you’ll need it later). Check out this handy guide to using a hydrometer, if you haven’t used one before.

Step 4: Add Yeast

Take a 1 pint measuring jug, fill to the top with some of your apple juice and then add 5g of champagne yeast. Leave for half an hour then stir thoroughly to disperse the yeast throughout the mixture. Divide your yeast mixture between your demijohns, then fill them to the top with the rest of your apple juice.

Step 5: Leave It To Ferment

Place your sealed demijohns in a warm place (between 15°C and 20°C) and leave them for 3-4 weeks until you have a clear cider.

Step 6: Measure The Alcohol Content

Use your hydrometer to measure the gravity of your cider. You need your cider to have a reading of 1 or less. If the reading is higher than 1, then leave the mix to ferment for a bit longer. Once you have your final measurement, then you can work out your cider’s alcohol content percentage using an ABV chart. You are aiming for an ABV of 4-5%.

Step 7: Dispense Into Bottle & Add Fizz (Optional)

You can now dispense your cider into your cider bottles. If you want a fizzy cider, then you need to add half a teaspoon of white sugar to each bottle before pouring in your cider. If you then leave your bottles for a few more weeks, your cider will be fizzy!

Step 8: Kick Back & Enjoy!

Cider is best served chilled and enjoyed on a sunny, warm(ish) British summer’s day. If you start making your home brew cider now, then you can have it ready for this summer!

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Dispose Of Sharps Waste Safely With Sharpsguard Yellow Containers

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We’ve got brand new containers to add to our already extensive collection, but these are a little different from the rest. Sharpsguard Yellow Containers are designed specifically to collect waste sharps material, such as needles, razors and scalpels, and give you a safe way to dispose of them. Sharps waste products are defined as devices or objects that have been used to puncture or lacerate the skin, which obviously need to be disposed of in a particular way to avoid any spread of medical contamination.

Who Needs Sharpsguard Containers?

The clear use for Sharpsguard Containers is in hospitals. The amount of objects that can be classed as sharps waste in this environment is massive, along with the extra risk of thousands of members of the public coming through the building every day who need to be kept safe from potentially dangerous material. However they’re also great for use in a few other environments, including tattoo parlours and doctors’ surgeries, nursing homes and anywhere else where needles or other sharps are being used on a regular basis.

Why Choose Ampulla Packaging?

Here at Ampulla, we source our packaging products from top manufacturers and it is no different in this case. Sharpsguard Containers are produced by Daniel’s, who specialise in manufacturing medical devices and are committed to producing quality, industrial containers. We currently stock 4 different sizes of Sharpsguard Yellow Containers: 1L, 2.5L, 5L and 22L.

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We have competitive prices for these specialised containers, with the 1 litre container starting from just £2.44 per unit. We also offer further discounts when you order in bulk quantities! We offer fast UK shipping on all our items (subject to stock), with orders being shipped with next day delivery once they leave our warehouse and a lead time of 2-5 working days.

How To Use Them

Although a specialised piece of medical equipment, Sharpsguard Containers are relatively easy to use. Each container comes with assembly instructions on the label attached on the front, which tell you how to keep the contents safe around users and those around you. When you come to use the container, make sure to read and adhere to the instructions fully for maximum protection of those around you. Each container comes with a fill line, which you should never fill above, and once you reach this limit you need to lock the container and dispose of safely. When in use, the containers should be secured in place with a compatible bracket that has been designed specifically for the Sharpsguard range.

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Care should be taken at all time around these containers. To browse our full range of Sharpsguard Yellow Containers, click right here.

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New plastic paint cans – great for more than just paint!

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Plastic paint bucketIf you’re in the painting and decorating business or you sell craft materials, we’ve got some good news. We have some new products in stock – plastic paint cans. That’s right, unlike the heavy, rusty tins of the past, our new plastic paint containers are much more convenient. They’re available in a choice of sizes: 1 litre, 2.5 litre and 5 litre and they have the following benefits:

  • Tamper evident push on lids.
  • Manufactured from robust polypropylene (PP).
  • Recyclable (triangle no. 5).
  • Lightweight.
  • Good chemical resistance.
  • Food grade approved (just in case you want to use them for food instead).
  • Handle included with 2.5 litre and 5 litre sizes.
  • Damage resistant – they won’t rust so there’s no chance of product contamination.
  • Suitable for a wide range of water based products, particularly paints, coatings, adhesives and varnishes.


Shop plastic paint cans UKIf you’re not in the painting and decorating business, you could still make use of our plastic cans. They’re handy for home storage and craft projects. Just some of the things you can use our paint cans for are:

  • Pen pot – ideal for storing felt tip pens and marker pens.
  • Desk tidy – as well as pens, you can use them for scissors, rulers, glue sticks and more.
  • Table decorations – add some flowers or an artificial plant.
  • Moneybox – simply cut a slot in the lid.
  • Tissue box – decorate the outside of the can and cut a hole in the lid to feed tissues through.
  • Storage tub for wool, string or twine – cut a small hole in the lid to feed the end through.



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