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If you have already purchased, or are thinking about purchasing a Weston Wine Press, then the Weston Fruit Grinder may be a nice addition to your pressing activities. When pressing grapes to make fresh grape juice or home made wine you aren’t initially required to crush or grind the grapes, although most do. Grapes are a soft fruit and a typical press can easily crush the grapes without any prep work. However, if you plan on making apple cider with your press you must first crush the apples with a fruit grinder. Apples are a hard fruit and simply will not crush with only the force of a typical fruit press. Weston offers a fruit grinder that will attach to a variety of surfaces. This will allow you to crush the apples directly into your pressing tub prior to pressing.

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If you’ve ever wanted to build your own cider press, but don’t know where to start, Jaffrey has the answer for you. The Jaffrey Cider Press Kit includes all the hardware necessary to build your homemade cider press. The kit includes instructions for the wood as well, so you can purchase the wood yourself and follow the instructions to complete the press. It is a great middle ground between building your own cider press from scratch and buying a cider press that is already assembled. Plus it is a little more economical since the wood doesn’t have to be shipped, you’ll save on those costs as well. The kit includes all the hardware necessary, including the apple grinder.

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When pressing apples for cider it is imperative to crush the apples with an apple grinder prior to pressing. This is something that is often overlooked when purchasing a press without a built in grinder. If you are pressing grapes, then no problem, the press can handle crushing the grapes into a fine pomace. But when making homemade apple cider, you must crush the apples into a mushy consistency. The finer the pomace or mash, the more juice you will yield when pressing. If you already have a cider or wine press, you can purchase an accessory grinder, such as the Weston Apple Grinder or the Jaffrey Apple Grinder. Both can be mounted vertically and then used with your pressing tub below the grinder to catch the pomace.

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Vashon Island, located in Washington State is hosting it’s annual Cider Fest on October 10, 2009. There are sure to be many different apple vendors, cider tasting, and more. Check out the video below from the Vashon Island Rotary:

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The Weston Grape Press is a great press for making home made grape juice and wines. There is an adaptable Weston Fruit Grinder as well, if you are interested in pressing  apples. The Weston Wine Press will not crush and press whole apples, a grinder is needed if that is your intention. There are many varieties of grapes you can press depending on what you are trying to accomplish. For fresh grape juice you may want to cook the grapes before pressing. If you are making your own home made wine, then you can press the fresh grapes straight from the vine.

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The Jaffrey Wine Press is a vintage style grape press used to make homemade grape juice and wines. The press is made with a cast iron cross arm and screw, which makes quick work of crushing grapes and produces more juice. The pressing tub size is 9 inches in diameter and 11 inches tall, so you can produce a high volume of juice in a short amount of time.

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The Jaffrey Apple Press 8400 is a great starter cider press. If you and your family are interested in pressing apples for cider this harvest season, the Jaffrey Cider Press is a great place to start. The Jaffrey press isn’t as large as some of the other cider mills available but still has both the pressing arm and screw as well as the grinder. The apple grinder is essential for pressing cider as the better your pomace, or ground up apples, the more juice you will yield. If you are interested in buying a Jaffrey Cider Press, you can do so by clicking here.

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Chances are that if you’re using a cider press made from wood, you use nylon or cheese cloth bags to line your pressing tubs. This will filter out the big pieces of unwanted material in your juice, such as stems, seeds, chunks of peel, ect. Nylon replacement bags for your cider press are very sturdy and tend to last a lot longer than cheese cloth. Pressing bags come in many different sizes, but you can usually stretch them enough to make them fit for a variety of different sized tubs. If you are looking to purchase or buy cider press bags, you can find them at www.thefruitpress.com, as well as other online stores. They are sometimes difficult to locate in local hardware or related stores.

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Apple a Day

Two Yakima women have started a pretty cool business this summer. The Apple-a-day business was started to provide a healthy snack for local businesses. Basically, every week they will deliver fresh apples to each client (doctors offices, law firms, ect.). Apple-a-day provides a cooler to keep the apples in, much like a smaller vending machine, which a clear glass front. As businesses have clients coming and going throughout the day they can enjoy  fresh Washington Apples…not a bad idea.

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Jaffrey Manufacturing and Leslie Wood Products have been building apple cider presses since 1983. They are based in the state of Kansas and have both an apple press and a wine press. The Jaffrey Cider Press includes a grinder for crushing the fruit prior to pressing. The Wine press they manufacture, known as the Yakima, is a table model and is much smaller in size. With the Grape or Wine Press there isn’t a need to crush the grapes  like you need to with apples, so it is in effect only a press. Jaffrey also offers accessories for your cider press, such as nylon replacement bags, wheels and other products.

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