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Old 09-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Got a scratter, it sucks big time. Our wild apples are a bit hard and crisp not soft. We dont spray but pick from the wild triees, a standard scratter just doesnt cut it. Has anyone used an apple crusher that looks like a regular grape crusher like one on MoreWine? WVMJ
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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I bought a 10 garden shredder (alco h100) off eBay and it's brilliant. You end up with a fine pulp.

 
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #4
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Is that one of those converted garden shredders or a real apple crusher? The ones here are about $1000. WVMJ
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:39 PM   #5
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Its an Alco H100 garden shredder with no conversion at all. I just gave it a bit of a clean. If you youtube garden shredders there are some videos of them being used.

 
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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I can taste the rust already! The euro guys seem to have more varieties of cider making equipment than we do over here, we have like 1000X more apple trees! WVMJ
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:32 PM   #7
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I saw plans for a DIY one on eBay when I was looking for one. I've thought of trying it. It uses a car jack instead of a screw for pressure so I'd assume it could handle your apples. I've toyed around with the idea, but haven't sank that far into obsession yet.


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Old 09-08-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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I already have a good press, its the getting them munched up before adding them to the press is a pain. WVMJ
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #10
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I don't think there is a cheap commercial crusher available, which is why there are so many other options used - disposal unit, garden shredder, homemade scratter. I use a garden shredder, I check for any exposed metal and coat it with polyurethane paint, I don't get much iron in the cider. Check Claude Jolicoeur's homemade scratter, he says it works pretty well. Otherwise you are looking at big bucks, but in the long term it is probably worth it.

 
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