How to build a cider press

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Postby Bujapat » Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:02 am

Thanks Aidas, I've got some apple trees in the garden... :wink:

For those who intend to build a press, I found this :

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Boiler : 50 L (13 gal) beer keg, gas heated.
Reflux : 104 cm (41 inches) column 54 mm (2 inches) diameter withh SS scrubbers packing.
Potstill : 40 cm (15 inches) column 54 mm (2 inches) diameter without packing.
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Postby Bujapat » Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:05 am

Here is the result :
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Boiler : 50 L (13 gal) beer keg, gas heated.
Reflux : 104 cm (41 inches) column 54 mm (2 inches) diameter withh SS scrubbers packing.
Potstill : 40 cm (15 inches) column 54 mm (2 inches) diameter without packing.
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Postby markx » Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:34 am

We have a similar contraption for pressing apple juice, but I replaced the threaded bar with a hydraulic jack. Works so much better with a fraction of the effort that was neccesary to make the threaded press work.
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Postby stoker » Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:07 am

looks nice
does it work propperly?
how much can it hold?
and how fast is it?
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Postby Husker » Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:17 am

We have frends from church who have a small orchard, and they have an antique press that is very very similar to this one.

To run it, simply chip up the apples. Put a mesh bag into the "bucket". This bag should be about 10 inches "taller" than the bucket, and be roughly shaped like the bucket. Fill this bag up with the chipped apples (they also have a "grinder" with metal fingers to chip up apples). When full, twist the excess bag so that it will not "leak" apples, put the plunger down on over this, and then run the press. Takes about a minute, to run the press down (have to squeeze it down pretty hard, but not "too" hard), then run it up, and dump the "spent" apple chips.

The day I was out there, we made about 20 gallons in an hour or so, but a lot of that time was spent "chipping" the apples. The press itself went pretty quick. Also, the people owning the orchard, are pretty old, and move at their own pace (at least their blinker was not turned on :lol: :lol: )

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Postby Bujapat » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:12 am

I didnt build this press but a friend of mine did it.

He's very satisfied with it. Capacity is about 30 liters. It takes about 15 minutes to press one loading. You've to use a perforated bag (nylon) inside the press to hold crushed apples.

Personnaly, I bought one very similar to this, works well, but more expensive!
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Reflux : 104 cm (41 inches) column 54 mm (2 inches) diameter withh SS scrubbers packing.
Potstill : 40 cm (15 inches) column 54 mm (2 inches) diameter without packing.
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Postby muckanic » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:20 pm

The other handy thing to build is something to munch up the fruit pre-pressing. Think along the lines of an old-style hand clothes-wringer, but with spikes inserted into the rollers. Or, I guess it's like an enlarged version of a grain mill.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Rachiu » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:17 am

What do you say about this?

I freeze the apples and then thaw them. They become soft and easy to squeeze. I break them into two parts for easier squeeze.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Digital_Plasma » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:21 am

Rachiu wrote:What do you say about this?

I freeze the apples and then thaw them. They become soft and easy to squeeze. I break them into two parts for easier squeeze.


Interesting... Thats a pretty easy way to do it. Good tip about freezing the appels first. Freezing them might also release more sugar for the fermentation. I've been looking for this type of idea for some time now. To think it could be so simple. Thanks! ;)
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Rachiu » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:49 pm

I made 40 liters apple cider with 10% alcohol and carbonation. The apples were for pie, about 16-17g sugar/100ml juice. I don't know if the apples were very sugary or the sugar percent increased due to freezing but the juice was sweet like honey.

The yield is about 7 liters of very clear juice from 10 kg apples. Other methods given less yield and a lot of pulp.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Digital_Plasma » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:35 pm

Rachiu wrote:I made 40 liters apple cider with 10% alcohol and carbonation. The apples were for pie, about 16-17g sugar/100ml juice. I don't know if the apples were very sugary or the sugar percent increased due to freezing but the juice was sweet like honey.

The yield is about 7 liters of very clear juice from 10 kg apples. Other methods given less yield and a lot of pulp.


Sounds like the plan for me! ;) Easy to come by, easy to make, easy to use.... Whats not to like? ;)
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby conkers » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:38 pm

I've recently built a cider press from plans I got here: http://www.whizbangcider.com/ I bought the book to save the hassle & have all the info in one place.
I haven't actually used it yet but will be in the coming weeks as it is harvest time in the orchards around here now :ebiggrin: .
Probably the most effective piece of equipment is the apple grinder made from an insinkerator kitchen waste disposal unit, I bought a new SS one thru ebay, it spits the apples out like apple sauce. The force is supplied by a car bottle jack, as I said I haven't used it yet but will post here with results after.
I can post some pics if anyone is interested?
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Rachiu » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:09 pm

Why are you asking? Post some pics ! :thumbup:
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby vinper » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:40 am

Hey why not hydraulic press , if this guy could build this pneumatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... V3Xfe4lvGk
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby vinper » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:41 am

just convert your log splitter
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby carnica » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:14 am

I have an old cast iron and olive wood Portuguese olive press that I am going to use for pressing apples, but I have been looking for years for a manual crusher of this type: http://www.vigopresses.co.uk/Catalogue/ ... er-A-91101

I know that crushers of this kind are made in Italy and Hungary (and China...), and they would probably be only half price in those places. Language problems have been an obstacle for me in searching for a crusher from Hungary or Italy.

Any fellow distiller on this forum who could help me with links?
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Devonhomebrew » Tue May 28, 2013 11:32 am

I know these plans all to well they are from Cider making ona small scale book or something similar named hhahaha
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby tazuk » Wed May 29, 2013 2:39 pm

here is press etc and scratter my press is based on a cornish cider press mine is 5 foot high and 30 inch wide only made 181 ltr of cider this year :D
like this all made out of 5x2 my press holds about 36 ltr of pulp i think
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here is where i went up north to help m8 he wanted to see scratter in action

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby halfbaked » Wed May 29, 2013 3:22 pm

Holy cow that scratter and set up is amazing. Great video!!!!!!!
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Bushman » Wed May 29, 2013 3:42 pm

Very nice, well built press and scatter, I am about to build my second set-up!
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby tazuk » Wed May 29, 2013 10:19 pm

i have made some of these 18 inch square i have got 5 made so far :D so got to make bigger press for this year :D

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Represto » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:22 am

That scratter is serious business! Who makes it?
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Jimbo » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:27 am

Here's some shots of the scratter and press I built. Works great. Have chewed through over 3000lbs of apples so far with it.

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A few changes I made since the pics. I beefed up the top and bottom supports and moved up to an 8Ton press from a 4Ton. And that plastic bucket finally blew apart after 1200 lbs or so of apples so I made a similar one out of an old 5g stainless stockpot. Some day Ill like to switch to press plates and large squares of cheesecloth like the cider mills do.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby phillmystill » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:12 am

Rachiu wrote:What do you say about this?

I freeze the apples and then thaw them. They become soft and easy to squeeze. I break them into two parts for easier squeeze.


I chop and clean the apples (and pears), load them into polythene bags, freeze them for a couple of days, defrost them, freeze them again and repeat a couple of times.

At the end they go really spongy and you could probably squeeze most of the juice out with your hands or as I did before I made a press by using a stainless steel colander loaded with the apple pieces and placing a similar sized stainless steel bowl inside it, pressing hard on the bowl to force the juice out of the holes in the colander. A method ok for small scale juicing.

You could probably use some mechanical means to apply pressure to the stainless steel bowl to speed things along a little.
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