12 Mar 2012

Cider making for fun and profit

Chris Hussey

I stumbled recently across a quirk of the regulations on payment of excise duty arising from the production of cider.  Apparently any individual can brew and sell up to 7000 litres of cider a year without being liable to pay excise duty.  Surprising, but it seems to be confirmed by the Customs & Excise website under the ‘Can I claim exemption from registration’ section.  It seems to have set that way to allow small producers to get a foothold in the market, while not allowing them to become rich at the government’s expense.  Any person wishing to take advantage of this would still need to apply for a personal license  to sell any cider produced ( with more information here ).  Any cider orchards remaining in the parish?