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As a retailer of a variety of Cider and Wine presses at The Fruit Press, I have a lot of customers asking if they need to use a pressing bag or not. Well, the first question I ask “what type of press are you using?” If you are using a ratchet style press, such as the Weston Apple Press, then you are forced to cut a small hole in the bottom of the pressing bag so it will fit it the tub. This is true because the threaded screw for the ratchet style presses are anchored at the bottom, where as some of the other style of presses use a “cross arm” where the threaded screw and pressing plate are not anchored to the bottom of the tub.

I would recommend using a pressing bag regardless of the cider press you are using. It’s keeps things cleaner and you don’t have as many stems, seeds, and larger chunks of apple the filter from the cider.

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Yakima Press Company is proud to present The Colonial Cider Mill. This double tub cider press is handcrafted in the USA. The frame is made with laminated hard Maple from the east coast, with lots of heavy-duty cast iron components. This Cider Mill is built to last generations, just like the apple presses it is modeled after. Check out Yakima Press Company‘s website for more information and photos.

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Here in the Yakima Valley there are lots of people with a small plot of fruit trees and/or grapes. These small plots are usually not large enough to sell the fruit commercial, but they are perfect for making homemade cider or wine. Using fresh grapes to press your own wine can be a fun and challenging experience. But as you take your first sip, it can be very rewarding. At Yakima Press Company, they design and manufacture fruit presses for both the beginning and advanced home brewers. So whether you are going to produce a few gallons of juice or wine, or a larger batch, Yakima Press is sure to have a grape or apple press to meet your needs. The Villager Wine Press is a grape press that will inspire. If you are looking to produce a small  to medium batch of homemade wine, then this is the wine press for you.

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Check out Yakima Press Company’s Cider Press. This double tub fruit press can pump out gallons of fresh cider with each press. Loaded with cast iron parts that are made in the USA and a hard maple wood frame this press will last for generations. There is no better cider press on the market.

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Jaffrey’s flagship 8400 Cider Press is on sale at The Fruit Press, for $670. Regularly priced at $740, this is a great time for your purchase of a cider press. October is the apple harvest season, don’t go another year without your own cider press to make homemade apple juice, or cider.

Order your Jaffrey Cider Press today to guarantee you receive your Cider Press by the end of the month!

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Apple Harvest is coming up soon and it looks to be a record harvest year here in Washington State. If you are thinking about pressing apples this year and have yet to purchase a cider press, you can find some great ones at The Fruit Press!

More posts to come as we enter September and October. Have a great end of the summer everyone!

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The Kingston Black apple is another variety of apple that is best suited for cider making only. With its bitter taste it isn’t much of an eating apple like so many of the apples grown in the United States. In  fact, most cider making apple varieties don’t even look like the larger Red Delicious or Fuji’s that everyone  loves to eat. Most cider making apples are smaller and tend to grow in clusters of 3 or more. If you are looking to grow cider apples or if you are looking for a variety to buy to make hard cider, the Kingston Black may be a good place to start. It is a good stand alone variety, or varietal, so you don’t necessarily need to blend this apple variety with other apple varieties. If you do want to grow a Kingston Black apple tree, you can purchase them in the States and they are best suited to grow in hardiness zones 4-9. This hardiness zone covers a majority of the US, from the Yakima Valley in Washington State to the Tennessee River Valley. See the map below. The only climates to avoid would be the northern plains and the southern tip of Florida.

Climate and growing zones for the United States

Climate and growing zones for the United States

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The Crimson King apple is an old english variety used to make hard cider. This apple variety was propagated by a man named John Toucher of Bewley Down in the late 1800’s. When used to make hard apple cider the end result has a fruity taste. Crimson King apples are a smaller bright red apple that typically grow to be only about 2.5 inches in diameter. Crimson King’s are harvested in November (in most climates) and some people use them for cooking as well.

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When pressing apples into cider  you will  first want to crush the apples into the finest pomace as possible. The more you are able to grind up the apples, the more juice you will yield when pressing. Another vital piece of equipment would be filtering bags, which are usually made of a stretchy nylon material. Using a cider pressing bag when pressing your cider will filter out unwanted objects from your cider. If you choose not to use a pressing bag filter you will more than likely need to use something to get the seeds, stems, excess pulp, and other foreign object from contaminating your cider or juice. It is much easier to line your pressing tubs with a filtering bag, which will take care of 99% of your filtering.

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As we enter into mid-October and Apple harvest is wrapping up, everyone seems to be pressing apples and stocking up on cider and juice. Each October we have a family “pressing party” although we don’t necessarily call it that by name. It’s more of a family get together to celebrate birthday’s, catch up with each other, and get away from our busy lives. I truly believe that cider pressing is an event that build’s family and strengthens relationships because everyone can participate. So, if you  haven’t had the opportunity to press apples with family and make  some amazingly good apple cider, there is not better time to start.

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