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Old 09-30-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Sure makes the wine making process more efficient. I think I might be getting a more complete extraction from this year's berries. Hope it tastes good - only time will tell. I went 5lbs per gallon this year and brought it up to 1.090 SG.

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Old 09-30-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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I literally bought a 3.2gallon hydraulic press last week from Homebrew Heaven. (they are mentioned in vendor section).
It was "time". I look forward to better extraction and less manual labor when compared to trying to press by hand!!

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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I have a large, old, and I am assuming, cast iron fruit press. I have never used it, because I was under the impression that only enamelware and stainless should be used in the processing and making of wine. Anyone know if an old gynormous, metal press can be used?

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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i don't see why not. what does it look like? do you have a picture?

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I'm jealous! We've been discussing a fruit press for years but so far it's Yooper Muscle Power that makes our wines.

Where did you get yours?

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I have a large, old, and I am assuming, cast iron fruit press. I have never used it, because I was under the impression that only enamelware and stainless should be used in the processing and making of wine. Anyone know if an old gynormous, metal press can be used?
Depending on where you live you may be able to find someone to sandblast this and refinish it--making it perfect for use (if it needs cleanup).
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I'm guessing its this one...


I'm kinda intrigued by the idea of a smaller table top press.
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I'm jealous! We've been discussing a fruit press for years but so far it's Yooper Muscle Power that makes our wines.

Where did you get yours?
I purchased it on Amazon just like the one linked above. I sorta cringed a bit at the price, but Dad picked somewhere around 150lbs of Blackberries and Raspberries this year. I am hoping it helps add to the body of the wine


FWIW - I can handily press out the remainder of 30 lbs of berries in one shot with it. My process is to mash the berries and apply the various ingredients, namely pectic enzyme. After letting the must ferment for about 4-5 days with minimal added water, I scoop all the berry matter out and press it.
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This is the one my mother gave me. I just not sure if there will be an adverse reaction from the metal, with the acids in the fruit. Sorry you have to look at it funny, for some reason, it did not rotate... It does come very clean, but here in Southern Mississippi, after one use and before the next, it has to be wiped down with a doobie pad, to remove the surface rust. To use it for pressing fruit, I can't really oil it up like I do my cast iron skillets. I usually make five gallons of wine at a time and I really don't want to use it if it screws up my juice.

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As long as you give it a good rinse when you are done, it should last you. I've made wine with a similar press and the wine turned out great!

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