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Old 10-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #11
Bigsky406
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I should probably show a picture of this setup in action because these pictures really don't do it justice. It's a very rudimentary setup and nowhere near as fancy as the ones in this post, but I can press about 12 gallons of juice in about two hours with it. It's very efficient and, in my opinion, is faster than the traditional hand crank scratter.

It's not very traditional, but it gets the job done. I use greenhouse shade screen to and a frame to make "pomace cheese" on a hand=made apple wood press frame then press it with an apple wood lath-covered board. I really should see if I have some better pictures or a video or something so you can see it in action. It works really, really well and my neighbors are always stopping by and trying to get me to give them free jugs of juice. I always give them a sample and it blows their mind, but this nectar is too valuable to just give away in bulk!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:40 PM   #12
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^ Are the holes just on the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket for the juice to come out of?

 
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:37 PM   #13
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^ Are the holes just on the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket for the juice to come out of?
No. Bucket isn't a part of the setup. Like I said, not a great picture.

He's a picture of my buddy Bob helping me press last Aug. this shows it in action a little better.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #14
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bigsky with the first plate press, thanks man!

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #15
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Here's mine haven't got to use yet. I built it from cider press and barrel plans. Ordered the barrel kit from the guy.
Looks good !

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:08 PM   #16
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Looks good what size is the barrel and where did you get it ? How much?
12x14 I believe. I had to put it together. I'd recommend getting it assembled prior. It came from cider press and barrel.

 
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:30 AM   #17
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Fin!

Should have agitated the pulp after the first press and then pressed the same pulp again. Then repeat. And put smaller amounts of pulp in the basket. Oh well, I now know for my next batch. Still got about 100 pounds of apples in the freezer!
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:17 PM   #18
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Cody, Very nice. What I did was put two bags of pulp on it. The bottom bag was the fresh pulp and the second bag (on top and separated with a plate) was a second pressing. The second pressing was definaly less moist than the first pressing.
Big Sky. Very nice too. Where the heck did you get a pan that big? My first press was a plate press, but I think it was too small. I had to stack multiple plates and they always wanted to slide one way or another. What you did is much better than my feeble attempt.
Question for anyone with an oak press. What do you do to preserve the wood? I have all my oak peices ready to form into a "barrel".

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:50 PM   #19
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Watco butcher block oil. It's food grade and is waterproof when your done just wash your stuff off with water. Look it up you can find it on amazon at a good price. Lowes has it around here but not Home depot. It dries with a hard finish and is more than worth the time it takes to do it you will be glad you did it. You should be able to get it for around $15.00 shipped

 
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:07 PM   #20
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Not sure which one we used, but once dry just about any modern "varnish" is safe.

 
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