Finished cider press in action

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Project by woodworkered posted 08-31-2011 04:34 AM 3694 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well made the first batch of apple cider and it is good. I built this press last winter and I’ve been waiting all summer for the first apples to be ready. The grinder and press both do thier job well. Picture #1 is filling the hopper with apples. Picture #2 is the grinding drum doing its job. Picture #3 is the grindings in the press basket. Picture #4 putting the final squeeze on. Picture #5 is the cider going thru the strainer into the ice chest. Picture #6 is tasting the final product fresh as it can be. Wish I could give you all a taste but guess I can’t.
I want to thank my son and daughter-in-law and a close friend of the family for their help in making the first batch.

Well the 1st day of October we pressed our 100th gallon of cider and still going. The one hundred gallon mark was hit and the press works problem free. The apples are about all done should have one or two more pressing for the year. We have used fresh cider, made canned apple juice, and are making applejack and have given cider to friends and family and it is still a pleassure making the golden juice. I mixed mac’s and golden and red delicious apples to make a tasty cider. Thegrinder system is perfect and we average 2 1/2 to 3 gallon of cider per 5 gallon bucket of apples. I have added a short video if you would like to see it work.

—Ed Central Pa

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 04:36 AM

Good ole Pennsylvania cider- nothing better!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 04:50 AM

If that tastes as good as it looks, I wish I was your neighbor !
Good job !

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 04:51 AM

As a kid I worked on an apple farm. We used to make 600 gallons on satuday. It was a great time.
Watch out you don’t drink to much the first couple of times in the fall———-

book never written—-”Too much Cider” by Willie Makit and Betty Wonnt.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 04:58 AM

I would love to see a blog on this project. Great work!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 05:08 AM

that project looks very impressive. also wish i was your neighbor. in a small nearby town they have a water powered cider press. a real big version of yours

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 05:28 AM

that brings back great memories from my youth. very nice.

-- A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move a body

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#7 posted 08-31-2011 06:40 PM

Any chance you have the plans for building the press?
I would love to build this in my classroom with my students!

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#8 posted 08-31-2011 08:29 PM

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#9 posted 08-31-2011 08:41 PM

Awesome! I love it! Where’s the fermenter? ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 08-31-2011 08:49 PM

Niice Job….I love fresh cider. I am planning on making one of these soon as I have 5 apple trees on my property that are putting out a ton of nice sweet apples (one of my neighbors has one and they sell the cider at our farmer’s market) – sometimes I will trade apples for cider but it would be nice to make our own.

NittanyLion – I have seen several iterations of cider presses – some using a jack to put pressure…and some using a piano stool screw. You can get either pretty cheaply – the piano stool screws are sold by Lee Valley – or you can get a small jack at any borg or auto parts store. There are also a plethora of plans out there. I am going to build mine based on my neighbors press (his is a genuine antique press) – as I like it aestetically.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 09-01-2011 04:09 PM

Thanks everybody for your coments. Nittanylion I’m sorry but there are no plans. I made the grinder drum and built the grinder box around the drum. Then the press frame was made to fit the pulpbaskets and so on. If you want I can send you pictures and rough measurement to get you started, but I have no plans.

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#12 posted 02-08-2012 05:34 PM

Looks great! Is there a way to see some more pictures, rough measurements, etc? Where does one acquire a press screw like that? The drum is just of wood with stainless screws? I need to do this project! Ron

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