University of Bristol offers module in cider making to students

The university is working with Thatchers Cider and the National Association of Cider Makers

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Students at the University of Bristol have been offered the chance to study a module in cider-making.

Students studying biological science are to be offered the chance to take part in a “serious attempt to introduce Bristol undergraduate students to biological processes”.

Professor Keith Edwards added that the department had been working on the project for two years and that it is expected to take another few years before they can “iron out all the issues”.

Students at the University of Bristol have been offered the chance to study a module in cider-making.
Students at the University of Bristol have been offered the chance to study a module in cider-making.

The university is working with Thatchers Cider and the National Association of Cider Makers, which they hope will expose the students to the newest technology as well as expanding their experience in the industry.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Edwards said: “Certainly, any cider made would not be sold nor taken home, but for instance, this year we set up a tasting panel, which did a blind tasting of the cider generated… and the information generated is now being used to inform next year’s module development work.”

He added: “We want to show how, via sophisticated procedures, a variable crop such as apples… which varies month by month and year to year can be turned into a consistent high quality product.”