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Cider & Perry Production-A Foundation    NEW!

This five-day course located in Olympia, Washington provides students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. The curriculum includes information regarding cider culture, production, and business. Students of this course will participate in hands-on sensory demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and blending trials. The course involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures, workshops, and cider tastings that include a detailed step-by-step guide to cider and perry production

  • An understanding of the chemistry and microbiology behind cider and perry
  • Practical training in the key skills of cider production and methods of laboratory analysis Introduction to sensory analysis of cider and perry
  • Experienced guest lecturers
Course Content
  • Historical development of cider and perry production.
  • The current market-place for cider and perry.
  • Types and styles of cider and perry along with a comparison with the production of other alcoholic beverages.
  • Legislative requirements, definitions & characteristics.
  • Cider orcharding – an outline. Fruit selection, harvesting and processing
  • Juice composition and its preparation prior to fermentation
  • Fermentation and its management
  • Maturation and its management. Malolactic fermentation
  • Blending
  • Downstream processing: Application of filtration and pasteurization, fining and packaging.
  • Quality assurance and control record keeping.
  • Methods and application of organoleptic assessment of cider and perry: Objectives and Descriptive analysis.
  • Development of product profiles. Recognition of key attributes and sensory faults
  • Resource requirements
  • A look forward - future development and sustainability of the Cider Industry & its products. Meeting consumer requirements
Course fee includes: official manual, workshop notes, cider and perry tastings, laboratory instructions/supplies, lunch, coffee/tea

Option Certification: For an additional $300, students may choose to register for the CINA Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production. Registration for the certification is separate from the Cider and Perry Production workshop, if you are interested in registering for the exam please contact The exam will be given the morning of Friday February 16.


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