The Cider Digest

This is an e-mail discussion group with about 1300 subscribers, moderated by Dick Dunn who's an amateur mead and cider maker living in the gloriously named town of Hygiene, Colorado! Dick issues it on a roughly weekly basis, but more frequently when people in the Northern Hemisphere are thinking most about cider (e.g. from September to December!) and are therefore sending in more contributions. It tends to be populated mostly by North Americans, with a good number of those of us from elsewhere such as the UK. Well worth subscribing to, for an interesting mix of opinions and news about small-scale hobby and commercial cidermaking, and a great place to ask any technical questions.

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 The Cider Workshop

This is a UK based discussion group for small scale cidermakers and those who appreciate craft cider.  It's Google-based and you can access and join it via the website at  The Cider Workshop.  

Vigo Ltd

Vigo Ltd, Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LF supplies equipment to the professional and larger scale market. Tel 01404 892100 

Vigo Presses

Vigo Presses Ltd, Unit 4, Flightway, Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4RD supplies equipment and sundries to  the amateur and smaller scale market. Tel 01404 890093

Both companies now trade separately but together they are the premier source of supply for wine and cider making equipment in the UK, and can generally supply to the EU too.  The company’s founder is a prize winning cider maker himself.


Vitikit Ltd, Unit 2, Danny’s Court, Odhams Wharf, Ebford, EX3 0PB supplies both the amateur and professional market. Tel 01392 873054

 SIA Apple Press

Is a manufacturer of apple presses based in Latvia but selling into the UK and other European markets

 Hardwood Crafts  produce some lovely hand-crafted bespoke cider mills and presses in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire. Contact Peter Eveleigh at


Other  Suppliers

A Belgian based firm with a very wide range of winemaking equipment and supplies is

Korspelsesteenweg 86
3581 Beverlo
Tel: +32 (0)11 40.14.08
Fax: +32 (0)11 34.73.59

The Brouwland website (available in several languages) lists local agents in many other countries. They also supply directly by post or courier into the UK.

Two useful mail-order sources of small items and sundries are:

The Home Brew Shop
Unit 3,
Hawley Lane Business Park,
108 Hawley Lane,
GU14 8JE

Tel 01252 448045 

The Home Brew Centre
10 High Street
BS31 1DQ
0117 986 8568

The ‘KlerCidre’ keeving kit (enzyme and calcium chloride) is available from Vigo Ltd and also from 

 Laboratoires Standa
68 rue Robert Kaskoreff
14050 Caen Cedex 4



USA and Canada

For cidermakers in the USA and Canada looking for a domestic supplier, I've been told that the following are the places to go -  I have no personal experience of them myself, of course, being on the wrong side of the pond!


Goodnature Products, Inc.
3860 California Rd.,
Orchard Park
NY 14127
Tel: 716-855-3325
Fax: 716-667-3328
Toll free 800.875.3381

Happy Valley Ranch
16577 W. 327 Street,
Dept. 8D
Paola, KS 66071
Tel (913) 849-3103

Correll Cider Presses
24791 Warthen Road
Elmira, OR 97437
Tel (541) 935-3825

Oesco Inc
P.O. Box 540, Route 116
Conway, MA 01341

Lehman Hardware
PO Box 41
OH 44636 

Simply Cider Presses 

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