How to build a cider press

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Bushman » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:07 pm

Yes, we like pictures. I also use a woodchipper as my scatter. Here is a link to my set-up.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby flying cowman » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:57 pm

Ok, hopefully these will work -

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Jimbo » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:55 am

Flying Cowman,

Welcome to the forums. Your comments and stories about cider are very much welcome. That's a beautiful press. I have pics and such of mine in the signature just below. Ive been at it a while myself, 20 years+, but not nearly as long as you. I do about 1500lbs of apples a year, most of it goes to brandy. I'll keep 5-10 gal of cider to put on tap. Cheers.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby flying cowman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:40 pm

Thanks Jimbo,

Not so experienced as you'd think as I had a long break from my early days on Dartmoor as a teen until I started making cider again about six years ago. However, my cider seems to be consistently good (so I and most of my friends think anyway) so I must be doing something right :D

Distilling is a new thing though and the learning process is steep - My eyes really do hurt from all the reading I'm doing here!

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby cranky » Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:33 pm

Very impressive setup flying cowman, I did about 1,000 pounds of apples last year mostly with a food processor and 3 gallon press. :crazy:
Like Jimbo most of it went to brandy. Here is my thread on my fruity adventures viewtopic.php?f=7&t=48881&start=90 Pg 4 is where 2014 ends and 2015 begins. I did mostly apples in 2015. This year I am working on upsizing my setup to handle many more apples.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby flying cowman » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:30 pm

I only started making cider again as we moved into a house with a few trees in the garden - I now collect apples from half a dozen local with trees plus a mate of mine who has a small orchard! Spend most days off in September and October on it now much to my wife's annoyance :wtf: :thumbup:

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Bushman » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:38 am

Thanks for the follow up and pictures as mentioned very impressive you should be able to handle a lot in a short time with that set-up.
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Re: How to build a cider press

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby tuf720 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:10 pm

aduckyfour wrote:Kiwistiller make one here https://medicinalpurposes.wordpress.com ... der-press/

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby yakattack » Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:22 am

Dam. Just spent an hour reading his blog. That is one lucky guy to have access to that equipment. I will be back after mopping the floor of all this drool.

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby raketemensch » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:54 pm

I've been seriously considering going the washing machine route. It seems so ridiculous and so sensible at the same time:

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby flying cowman » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:09 am

I've seen that before but having taken a few washing machines apart over the years I'd only consider doing it by using a cheap new one. Have you seen all the milky white gunk that accumulates in washing machines? Even loads of acid washes would struggle to remove that stuff! :shock:

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Radek » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:16 am

Hi. Why You want to build, is it not easier and cheaper to buy ??

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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby cranky » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:13 am

Radek wrote:Hi. Why You want to build, is it not easier and cheaper to buy ??

At £119.00 - £189.00 for an 18 liter press I would hardly call it cheaper than building. My press handles about 10 gallons (37.85 liters) of pulp at a pressing and cost maybe $50, that's only £38 and it is still too small for my needs but to make it bigger will cost almost nothing but time. I used to use one of those little presses and it takes forever to do a lot of apples and the bigger you get with a commercially made press the more expensive it is.
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Corsaire » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:11 am

Radek wrote:Hi. Why You want to build, is it not easier and cheaper to buy ??]

I guess same reason why some people choose to build their own still, or distill their own booze..
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Re: How to build a cider press

Postby Pikey » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:15 pm

Corsaire wrote:
Radek wrote:Hi. Why You want to build, is it not easier and cheaper to buy ??]

I guess same reason why some people choose to build their own still, or distill their own booze..


I bought one of those 2nd hand in the spring for £30 - because I've been threatening to make one for years and never got around to it :oops:

Our washing machines are "front loaders" which have the drum mounted in teh hoizontal plane rather than vertical, so they are effectively a bloody great cheese grater from the outside - minor (major) adaptions should be able to make that into a great "chipper".

I was thinking that a pair of washing machine drums welded one on top of the other, with the fiddly bits cut out would make a super stainless cylinder for the barrel of a fruit press, but soe many other things to do ! :oops:
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