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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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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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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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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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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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A new acquaintance sent me pictures of an old cider press he is planning on restoring. As he was explaining it to me I couldn’t understand what type of press he was talking about. So I asked him to send me pictures so I could get a visual. I have posted the pictures of his cider press below. As I continue to learn and be inspired with the restoration of antique fruit and apple presses, this particular press is an absolute marvel. I’m not quite sure how it all works, and since my friend is located in France, it may be a while before I can see it work in person. It is truly a piece of art though and I look forward to seeing the press after he has restored it. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did. If anyone has any ideas, history or other information regarding this style of fruit press, we would love to hear your comments.

Antique European Cider Press

Antique European Cider Press

European Fruit Hopper

European Fruit Hopper

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I have a recent acquaintance who just finished building a very nice cider press. I have some pictures I will post below. It is somewhat comparable to the Correll Press, although I like the differences between the two. He is both a woodworker and metalworker so building a cider press was right up his alley. A few highlights are: he buys old pressing tubs from yard sales or other places, then cuts them for the bands around the tubs. This way there aren’t any seems or overlapping on the cider press tubs, very nice idea. And using the aluminum and stainless steel, they won’t rust and should last many many years. He also makes all of his presses with electric grinders, so no fly wheel or manual crank to crush the apples. One of my favorite aspects of his press if the apple grinder. He makes it entirely of aluminum and/or stainless steel and as you can see from the picture below, it will cut through, crush, and “eat up” apples with ease. His grinder is my favorite piece of his apple press. If you are interested in one of his presses, just let me know. He makes 5-10 a year and sells them for around $700. Enjoy the pictures!

Handmade Cider Press

Handmade Cider Press

Handmade Apple Grinder

Handmade Apple Grinder

Cider Press Tub

Cider Press Tub

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