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Old 09-07-2006, 09:39 AM   #1
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hi all
i want to make some cider using apples not shop carton juice and i was wondering if any one had a simple design for a press.
also do i need to crush the apples before i put them in to a press

 
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:44 PM   #2
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It depends on the quantity of apples you want to play with.

If you really want to build one yourself try this - http://freespace.virgin.net/roger.simmonds/press.htm
You'll need a small hydraulic car jack (which aren't expensive)and then putting the 'pomice' (chopped apple) in a muslin/nylon sheet or bag to press them.
Chopping the apples first is way to go, you'll extract more juice. Depends how many apples you have - a food processor handles small amounts but for bigger quantities consider a clean garden shredder (i.e. small wood chipper!) to do it faster.

 
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Old 09-09-2006, 04:37 PM   #3
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I would like to try this .

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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It depends on the quantity of apples you want to play with.

If you really want to build one yourself try this - http://freespace.virgin.net/roger.simmonds/press.htm
You'll need a small hydraulic car jack (which aren't expensive)and then putting the 'pomice' (chopped apple) in a muslin/nylon sheet or bag to press them.
Chopping the apples first is way to go, you'll extract more juice. Depends how many apples you have - a food processor handles small amounts but for bigger quantities consider a clean garden shredder (i.e. small wood chipper!) to do it faster.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #5
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There is a set of plans for a 'slatted basket' press in the book Real Cidermaking On a Small Scale by Michael Pooley and John Lomax. I think it also takes a car jack.

There is some reading here: http://www.cider.org.uk/press.htm

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:16 PM   #6
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A search on google will show plenty of designs,especially google images.Youtube has lots of videos to show how to do it.As mentioned, A car jack supplies the power and a garden shredder is good for milling the apples, for cloth I use mosquito netting because its easy to clean.

 
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:22 PM   #7
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I have heard of garbage disposals working as a mill.

 
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:25 AM   #8
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I can attest to the garbage disposal working well. I built a grinder from a new garbage disposal, a 1 HP electric motor I got cheap off ebay, and some scrap wood. Where I live, there are "feral" and wild apple trees everywhere, and since it is hard to find the right tartness and tannins in most commercially grown apples, I wanted to try these guys. Thus, I needed a grinder and press. I had tried a food processor, but it was just to slow for the amount of apples I collected. I got the idea and plans for the grinder from Whizbang Cider, just google it and check it out if you are interested.

The problem with the garbage disposal is the motor, it will overheat unless you swap it out with something more robust. I know alot of garbage disposals have 3/4 and 1 hp rated motors, but not all 1hp motors are created equal, and thus the problem. However, the grind is great, a little thicker then applesauce. I used a few old cotton pillow cases to form the cheeses, and used a bottle jack to provide the pressure. I think it worked well, and I am already waiting for the fall to do it again!

 
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:50 AM   #9
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Core if you don't want the tannins from the crushed seeds (or just don't press as hard) then mill and press. You can buy a jack if you don't have one, then press it in a rig made from wood (home depot/lowes) or use a shop press if you have one...lots of options. I saw a mill made from a wood cylinder with nails/screws, there are ones that you can hook up to an electric drill...garbage disposal sounds best but I'm pretty sure I'd wind up inside it if my wife found out I bought one for cider.

A note about the car jack...if you don't have a hydraulic jack for your car already, it is a life saver. Much better than the regular old jack. You can knock out 2 birds with one stone by buying one. Just make sure you make a strong frame for your press

 
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