Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > homemade grinder and press

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-31-2010, 02:07 AM   #1
hroth521
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 215
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default homemade grinder and press


Homemade apple grinder and press. Test run. Used 1/4 bushel and made 3 quarts juice. Press has nearly 3 bushel capacity. Garbage disposal is 1 1/4 horsepower from Costco mounted on a stainless steel sink. Press is 2 X 4 's mostly screwed and glued. Box and frame are oak. Pressboards are oak plywood 3/4 " thick. Bottle jack is 6 ton. Cheeses are polyester curtain material from the fabric store.
__________________
hroth521 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2010, 02:37 AM   #2
Edcculus
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 4,567
Liked 40 Times on 37 Posts

Default

Sweet! How do you feel your yeild from the press was?

I hope that wasn't a good knife you were using!

__________________
Edcculus is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2010, 03:56 AM   #3
hroth521
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 215
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Edcculus View Post
Sweet! How do you feel your yeild from the press was?

I hope that wasn't a good knife you were using!
1) I'm very pleased - I've seen estimates of 2 -3 gallons/bushel. I got 3 quarts from 1/4 bushel = 12 quarts from 1 bushel or 3 gallons. I have three press boards and fabric for 3 cheeses so conceivably I could do 3 bushels or 9 gallons a press
2) Very old knife.
__________________
Sirius Cider

"There are more old drunkards than old doctors." — Benjamin Franklin
hroth521 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2010, 10:13 AM   #4
Kauai_Kahuna
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 2,280
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Thanks for posting this, I just commented I would like to see a DYI thing, and a video showing it operation is fantastic.
So, how much wood chips get added by using wooden stick to move the apples in the disposal?

__________________

---
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

Kauai_Kahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-31-2010, 12:01 PM   #5
hroth521
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 215
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kauai_Kahuna View Post
Thanks for posting this, I just commented I would like to see a DYI thing, and a video showing it operation is fantastic.
So, how much wood chips get added by using wooden stick to move the apples in the disposal?
There's a few. I sanitized everything that comes in contact with the juice or apples, then I figured out how to minimize it while I was working it. Besides, it all gets filtered out by the press.
__________________
hroth521 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2010, 09:33 AM   #6
Kauai_Kahuna
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 2,280
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

It really does look like a good setup, once again thanks for taking the time to make the video of the test run. I hope it's very well for you for many sessions.

__________________

---
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

Kauai_Kahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2010, 03:07 AM   #7
MeadWitch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: South of Weird, TX
Posts: 311
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hroth521 View Post
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwfT8CNl1Kw&feature=channel

Homemade apple grinder and press. Test run. Used 1/4 bushel and made 3 quarts juice. Press has nearly 3 bushel capacity. Garbage disposal is 1 1/4 horsepower from Costco mounted on a stainless steel sink. Press is 2 X 4 's mostly screwed and glued. Box and frame are oak. Pressboards are oak plywood 3/4 " thick. Bottle jack is 6 ton. Cheeses are polyester curtain material from the fabric store.

Very cool video, but I had to cringe every time I saw the knife blade hit the metal sink. Treat your knives with respect, man and they will do the same. However, the juicer and press were way cool!
__________________
Primary: Cider House Rules Cider

Tertiary: Sweet Dried Cherry/Vanilla Mead, Prickly Pear Mead, Jalapeno-Peach Sweet Mead

Bottled: Huajillo Honey Mead - 4 bottles only, first ever mead, Light Draft Style Cider, Raspberry Mead, Hibiscus Mead, JAOM, Peach Melba Mead, Limoncello, Kahlua, Spiced Winter Cider, Orange/Vanilla Mead
MeadWitch is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2010, 10:47 AM   #8
hroth521
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 215
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MeadWitch View Post
Very cool video, but I had to cringe every time I saw the knife blade hit the metal sink. Treat your knives with respect, man and they will do the same. However, the juicer and press were way cool!

You're right about the knives. I learned from that test run. When I used this setup to press 12 bushels of apples a couple of weeks ago, I had a long table set up with multiple cutting boards for people to use.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=15515118&l=6cea1cd63c&id=885005566
__________________

Last edited by hroth521; 11-21-2010 at 11:25 AM. Reason: spelling correction, add link
hroth521 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2010, 12:53 PM   #9
Fletch78
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Athens GA
Posts: 1,348
Liked 20 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 26

Default

How much time in manhours can you estimate it takes per gallon of cider with your setup, and how long does it take to set up, and break down?

__________________
Fletch78 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-21-2010, 03:26 PM   #10
hroth521
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 215
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fletch78 View Post
How much time in manhours can you estimate it takes per gallon of cider with your setup, and how long does it take to set up, and break down?
Good question. I did 12 bushels for about 30 gallons of juice. Took about 45 minutes to set up and rinse everything with star san, etc. Two people chopping apples could get ahead of me and grinder fairly easily. I didn't grind when I was pressing. I got a lot more efficient at pressing as the afternoon wore on. The press held 3 bushels of apple pomace. With all that consideration I think I could have pressed all 12 bushels in 4-5 hours with 4 people if we all worked at pretty good efficiency (that is if we didn't drink so much of last years cider during operations ). We also had a bunch of little kids running around and took breaks to eat and talk, etc. It was a really good party. So what's that - 16-20 man hours for 30 gallons? About an hour to clean, break down and load the truck to go home.

NOTE: There are modifications to the press that need to be made for next year. The pressing board will be reinforced and weighted more. I will probably get a larger bottle jack. I will reinforce the bottom of the pressing box with another 3/4 inch plywood. The frame held up extremely well.
__________________
hroth521 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Garbage Disposal Apple Grinder js82181p Cider Forum 5 09-20-2011 10:53 AM
Homemade apple grinder hroth521 Cider Forum 18 09-07-2011 02:15 PM
Homemade Cider Press llenrocs Cider Forum 8 11-24-2009 04:06 PM
First time cider-er. To Press, or not to Press? missfebruary Cider Forum 12 10-18-2009 05:52 AM
First press of the season IllusionOfTime Cider Forum 1 11-03-2008 08:14 PM