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Making an Apple Grinder

When making an apple grinder for crushing apples, you will probably want to serrate or at least sharpen the teeth on your grinder. A lot of homemade apple press grinders are nothing more than the wood core with screws drilled about three-quarters of the way into the wood. If you are more of the metal working type you can cut strips of  aluminum or stainless steel and bend them upright at a 90 degree angle. You can them carve out teeth on the part of the strip that is perpendicular to the wood base. I will post a picture below to help explain. The point is to carve out teeth that are as sharp as possible to create the finest mash as possible.

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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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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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I’ve posted before about a friend that builds homemade cider presses for around $700 a piece. They are built very well and have automated grinders, so there is no flywheel or crank to crush that apples or fruit manually. The most impressive piece of the cider press to me was his fruit grinder. Unlike the Jaffrey Apple Grinder or WestonFruit Grinder, his fruit grinder is made completely of metal. It just looks like it’s going to devour apples and other hard fruits. And it does. Below is a great picture of his homemade apple grinder for everyone else out there looking to make an apple grinder themselves.

Homemade Apple Grinders

Homemade Apple Grinders

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