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Setsumi's corn press

Post by Setsumi » Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:23 am

So I live in South Africa. Maize meal or corn meal is a staple diet item. In any groceries store you will find up to 10kg bags and in bigger stores up to 25kg. The meal is very refind.... lots of starch less the protiens and bran. It is easy for me to get to 1.07 with Booners recipe and enzymes. I ferment on the grain and use GA Flatwoods geotechstyle method to filter.

BUT corn does not like to give you back your likker.... so I build myself a press. It is based on a dutch cheese press style.
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The fulcrum, lever mechanical advantage is just above 4 and the pullys takes the advantage above x6. With 20kg water and 10kg weights I am pressing above 180kg. The weak point at this time are the crates... and although I get more likker back corn is an absulute BITCH.
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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by Yummyrum » Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:39 am

Nice work :clap: :thumbup:

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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by Jack C » Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:39 am

I use a Dutch press for cheese making and had not really thought about using it for squeezing grains. Really simple and very effective. Great job.

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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by 8Ball » Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:20 pm

I like the way you did that. Bet it works great.

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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by Yummyrum » Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:56 pm

Setsumi , how long do you leave the press apply pressure for ? ... I mean how long doss it take to do a successful squeeze?

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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by cob » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:31 pm

reminds me of a biomass fuel maker. http://leehite.org/ewb_project.htm
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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by Setsumi » Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:00 pm

Yummyrum wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:56 pm
Setsumi , how long do you leave the press apply pressure for ? ... I mean how long doss it take to do a successful squeeze?
Yummy, if mashing foodgrade corn meal (20kg) i will filter half of the meal and then start pressing. when the rest is filtered about 4 hours later i will add it to the press for a total of about 8h in the press. this way i can press and charge in a day. but it is very hands off. for cattle feed grade corn meal I press 2 sepparet pressings and try to do it 8h each...

it works, it is low tech and does not cost an arm or leg. on foodgrade meal I recover between 5 and 7 liters extra form a 80lt water 20kg meal. cattle feed not as much.
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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by Setsumi » Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:13 pm

cob wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:31 pm
reminds me of a biomass fuel maker. http://leehite.org/ewb_project.htm
cob, that is interesting. yes indeed it is the same principal. as Jack C says, it is so simple and one can make it low tech or have extra fulcrums and levers as in the biomass presses.
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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by HomerD » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:14 pm

Can you post pictures of the parts inside the crates?

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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by Setsumi » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:45 pm

HomerD wrote:
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Can you post pictures of the parts inside the crates?

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in the bottom crate i have a spacer from stainless steel square tube. this helps to reduce the pressure on the bottom crate sides as well as the bottom of the top crate.
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i use a chopping board ontop of the grains with a piece of ss tube to spread the pressing presure
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Re: Setsumi's corn press

Post by HomerD » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:28 am

Great idea. Thank you!

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