If you’ve ever visited a cider mill or fruit stand, chances are you have seen an antique apple cider press. Most of the old cider presses built in the early 1900′s or earlier were double tub or twin tub cider mills. This is a do it all cider press, but due to size and weight I think they have lost favor among casual cider makers. Most of the hardware used to make the old presses are cast iron, which is a long lasting material, but is also very heavy. Nowadays most of the cider presses that are manufactured are only single tub presses. Although these presses are a lot lighter and cheaper to manufacture, it can be more time consuming pressing your apples as you can only do one function at a time, either grinding your apples into a pumace (if an apple grinder is included) or pressing your fruit to extract the juices. If you’ve got to have it all, I would suggest trying to find an antique press that has the double tubs. The picture below is a great example of a double tub antique cider press.
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