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Old 10-16-2012, 12:45 PM   #11
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If you're expecting to press 5 gallons of Apples at a time I think you will fall quite short. Unless you take a more commercial approach to the press design, the surface area to volume ratio of your press will limit its ability. I.e. if you press a quart at a time, you will get more juice in the end than doing a gallon(or more) at a time.
You may be able to crank out a lot of force, but eventually something will break and it won't be the apples lol.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:43 PM   #12
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Ah, I see. So I'll get more juice if I use a one gallon bucket 5 times than using a 5 gallon bucket once? What is the most efficient surface area to volume ratio?

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #13
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Whatever you wish it to be. You could squeeze the heck out of 3 apples but that would take forever. My press basket is roughly 2 gallon and I think I ended up doing about a half gallon per squeeze. If you wanna get anal about it, freezing the pulp after you press it and pressing it again after it thaws will get a little more juice. It's all about the time you're willing to put into it, really.

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