Tom, first of all, having had a look at your website, I really like the look of your stuff and it sounds great as well! Good price point as well, that's the sort of thing I want to be aiming for as some people charge what is, in my opinion, too much - like £6 a bottle, or £4, but for what I would consider to be a very small amount. Very interesting to see that you're doing it in your home kitchen but on a scale large enough to get it out there in markets and stuff. At this point I don't even know what an HACCP plan is, but I'm intending to learn up on all that sort of thing over the next few weeks. Have the legalities involved in production had a big impact on daily life in your kitchen? Also, just wondering where you get your bottles?
John, I made the decision to concentrate on recipes and not stress too much about the rest until I had something I was confident in, but I'm there now and pretty excited about it, so just starting along the legal route with the council. I suppose I am going in pretty deep with the custom built kitchen, but to be honest I've lucked out in that I've ended up with a very well built and large shed that has power and water, is insulated, etc, you could live it in really. And I've managed to beg and borrow a fair bit of equipment and stuff like worktop, so it's actually taken very little investment thus far. It's come to a point though where I think it's going to take a fair few months yet to complete it, but I'd really like to test the waters and have a few local sellers lined up so am thinking I might get the ball rolling in my home kitchen first. Only just looking into what will be required though.