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dinnerstick 08-15-2012 12:43 PM

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centrifugal juicer. like the picture only cheaper. it grinds the fruit on a spinning grater and then spins some of the juice out of it, all in one. small apples go right in, big ones get quartered. it clogs up sometimes, it's not ideal, but it works. the juice comes out really clear, but with a big foamy cap that you want to skim off or it turns mucky. these juicers are great for firm things like carrots and firmer apples, ginger, stuff like that. (those three together make an excellent breakfast drink btw). but i'm sure others will comment about building a nice easy press with a car jack. i would do that if i had the space, and leave the juicer for breakfast. but to do a few side-by-side small batches to test out your apple varieties and some yeasts, it'll do the trick. i would pick some when they're ripe, juice them, taste the juice! if they are like granny smith tart then it's going to be pretty puckery cider, but maybe you can find a nice blend.
from my experience you can sulfite, leave it, and the wild yeast will always take off in a few days.


Bigsky406 08-16-2012 09:31 PM

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Here are some pictures of my cider press setup. I've made some modifications since I built this. It's WAY overbuilt and much bigger than it needs to be, but it works well. I have a 4x4 post section that I use to push down on the press board. The bottom of the jack faces the top of the press frame, the top of the jack goes on the 4x4 and the 4x4 pushes down on the board to squeeze the apples. I think you could build it 2/3 or 1/2 this size and still get a lot of juice. Wouldn't be idea for 1,000s of lbs of apples at a time, but for 1-4 bushel batches it works great. I get about 6.5 gallons of juice per bushel with the apples I have access to.


Bigsky406 08-16-2012 09:31 PM

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Here are some pictures of my cider press setup. I've made some modifications since I built this. It's WAY overbuilt and much bigger than it needs to be, but it works well. I have a 4x4 post section that I use to push down on the press board. The bottom of the jack faces the top of the press frame, the top of the jack goes on the 4x4 and the 4x4 pushes down on the board to squeeze the apples. I think you could build it 2/3 or 1/2 this size and still get a lot of juice. Wouldn't be idea for 1,000s of lbs of apples at a time, but for 1-4 bushel batches it works great. I get about 6.5 gallons of juice per bushel with the apples I have access to.


Bigsky406 08-16-2012 09:31 PM

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Here are some pictures of my cider press setup. I've made some modifications since I built this. It's WAY overbuilt and much bigger than it needs to be, but it works well. I have a 4x4 post section that I use to push down on the press board. The bottom of the jack faces the top of the press frame, the top of the jack goes on the 4x4 and the 4x4 pushes down on the board to squeeze the apples. I think you could build it 2/3 or 1/2 this size and still get a lot of juice. Wouldn't be idea for 1,000s of lbs of apples at a time, but for 1-4 bushel batches it works great. I get about 6.5 gallons of juice per bushel with the apples I have access to.



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