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Old 08-10-2010, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Grinding/smashing apples for cider

I have a cider press but no way to grind or smash them. I've come across this method http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/press/apple_grinder.html but am wondering if there's any easier way. Any thoughts?


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Old 08-10-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
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The simplest method I've seen is this guy :
http://wijnmaker.blogspot.com/2008/0...apple-day.html
(scroll down for english version)
He gets around 68% by just freezing the whole cored apples then adding pectic enzyme.

He's also got plans for a bucket press here :
http://wijnmaker.blogspot.com/2010/0...cketpress.html

His site has a bunch of experiments he's done in pressing various fruits for winemaking.


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I bought one of these to try -
http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-Wear-Eve...efaultDomain_0

http://gluttonamb.blogspot.com/2009/...-uncooked.html



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You can get an apple grinder like the one in the DIY article, without having to make one yourself. I have a friend who bought something similar and it works great. I'm not sure where he bought it. A couple people can grind and press 50 gallon of juice in an afternoon. It goes faster with friends. I also know a guy who uses a garbage disposal mounted on a small metal sink that serves as the feed and a frame so the whole thing sits on top of a press bucket.

Last weekend I met a guy from England who helps his friends scrump apples and they use a woodchipper, then ferment the juice in barrels. That would take a serious pile of apples.

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You can get an apple grinder like the one in the DIY article, without having to make one yourself. I have a friend who bought something similar and it works great. I'm not sure where he bought it. A couple people can grind and press 50 gallon of juice in an afternoon. It goes faster with friends. I also know a guy who uses a garbage disposal mounted on a small metal sink that serves as the feed and a frame so the whole thing sits on top of a press bucket.

Last weekend I met a guy from England who helps his friends scrump apples and they use a woodchipper, then ferment the juice in barrels. That would take a serious pile of apples.
hroth521 has plans for something similar here - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/home...rinder-188613/

I'm still in the take the seeds out camp but have no experience in the matter.

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