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Old 11-21-2010, 03:44 PM   #11
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That's very interesting. Basically, 1 bushel for 3 gallons. My orchard sells half-bushel for $18 and gallons of fresh press for $6. Although I'd have more control over the process, it is still cheaper for me to buy it already pressed. Funny how that works. Anyway, I've been toying with the idea of pressing for a while, I appreciate you sharing your setup and information.

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Old 11-21-2010, 03:53 PM   #12
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That's very interesting. Basically, 1 bushel for 3 gallons. My orchard sells half-bushel for $18 and gallons of fresh press for $6. Although I'd have more control over the process, it is still cheaper for me to buy it already pressed. Funny how that works. Anyway, I've been toying with the idea of pressing for a while, I appreciate you sharing your setup and information.
Yeah, I did the math too and realized that if I had to buy the apples this was not going to get done because it was cheaper. True, I got to source a very nice mix of apples for my cider. But really, it's a hobby (obsession). And it was a really fun party.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:06 PM   #13
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That's very interesting. Basically, 1 bushel for 3 gallons. My orchard sells half-bushel for $18 and gallons of fresh press for $6. Although I'd have more control over the process, it is still cheaper for me to buy it already pressed. Funny how that works. Anyway, I've been toying with the idea of pressing for a while, I appreciate you sharing your setup and information.
Oh yeah, and another way I use to justify this to myself is that even at 10 bucks a gallon (which is about what it cost me - 25 bucks/bushel) - that still works out to about a buck (more or less) a (12 ounce) bottle when I'm done. In all seriousness if you can buy this quality of cider at all - it will cost at least 5 -6 bucks/12 ounces. Check out Farnum Hill or Bellweather - 12 - 15 bucks for 750ml is not outrageous
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:07 PM   #14
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Great setup, a few problems.
1) on the press plate (the piece of plywood on pressing on the apple slurry) you form a "X" with two 2x4's, only one of the 2x4 is pressing on the plywood. This results in uneven pressure which means that you are not getting the maximum juice out of your apples. Join the two 2x4 with a lap joint (see below) to get even pressure.


2) To save time you could stack multiple layers of apples in the press separated by slats of wood and press them all at once.(see video)

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Old 11-21-2010, 04:25 PM   #15
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I was thinking the same thing about the X, but wasn't going to say anything.

It looks like it works though.... 3 gallons a bushel on it's maiden voyage.

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Great setup, a few problems.
1) on the press plate (the piece of plywood on pressing on the apple slurry) you form a "X" with two 2x4's, only one of the 2x4 is pressing on the plywood. This results in uneven pressure which means that you are not getting the maximum juice out of your apples. Join the two 2x4 with a lap joint (see below) to get even pressure.

This is a very helpful suggestion. I plan on modifying my press based on my experience this year. This will be one of the modifications.

2) To save time you could stack multiple layers of apples in the press separated by slats of wood and press them all at once.
I did actually make 3 cheeses separated by boards to press when I went full scale. This post was just my first test experience. Thanks!
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"This is a very helpful suggestion. I plan on modifying my press based on my experience this year. This will be one of the modifications"

If you are going to make a lap joint you must also take into account that you will be weakening the 2x4. Consider using thicker wood.

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"This is a very helpful suggestion. I plan on modifying my press based on my experience this year. This will be one of the modifications"

If you are going to make a lap joint you must also take into account that you will be weakening the 2x4. Consider using thicker wood.
Or turn the 2x4's longways.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:22 PM   #19
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Here's some plans from grinder to press:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Home...d-cider-press/

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Here's some plans from grinder to press:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Home...d-cider-press/
I had seen these but the guy who did it has way more woodworking skills and equipment than I do. I built my whole rig with a drill and a circular saw because that's about the extent of my abilities...
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