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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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A small but very effective wine press from Jaffrey Manufacturing is their table model. It is small in size, which makes it easier to manage and store. The cast iron arm and screw will have no problems crushing your grapes into juice. When pressing grapes for fresh juice or when making wine you should crush the grapes prior to pressing, but it is not required. Just as if you were pressing apples (which must be ground up into pumace), the more crushing you do on the front end will yield more juice on the back end. If you are interested in dabbling in pressing grapes, but don’t have an interest in producing a large volume, then the Jaffrey Table Wine Press is the fruit press for you.

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If you are interested in making homemade grape juice, then a small grape press is a necessity. Jaffrey manufacturing has built a small yet very stable wine press that fit’s on top of your table. You can then easily crush your grapes to yield some wonderful fresh grape juice. If you are interested in making your own wines, this press is great for smaller batches, but can become time consuming if you are looking to press a large volume of juice.

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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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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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Last week marked the beginning of this year’s grape harvest. From the Wahluke Slope in Mattawa to the Walla Walla Valley, grapes are being harvesting. Most varieties of grapes that are harvested first are Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc, and Merlot. According to an article from Wine Press Northwest, the grapes are about 9 days ahead of last year. This is more in line with normal vintage. If you are looking for more information on Yakima Valley or Washington Wines, or are interested in making homemade wines, visit www.thefruitpress.com. They have two varieties of Wine Presses for sale.

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The Weston wine press is a great value for the quality of material and construction of the press. Weston makes a ratchet style press, so there is no cross arm to support the screw, rather the screw is anchored at the base of the press through the middle of the press where the fruit tub is placed. This is a great press for grapes and other soft fruits, but I don’t think it’s best suited if you are making cider with apples. It can be difficult to line the tub with a mesh bag, although you could use cheesecloth. But for grapes, the Weston wine press is great as the grapes don’t have as much pulp and excess materials to be filtered out when pressed. You can easily find the Weston Grape press for under $300 as well, which makes it affordable.

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The Weston Wine Press is perfect for the family looking to make homemade wines or grape juice. The Weston Wine Press is a ratchet type press. To work the Press you load your grapes into the press, preferably with a nylon or cheesecloth filtering bag, and then place the wood blocks on top of the grapes. You then begin the ratchet down the wood blocks putting pressure on the grapes. The grape juice will begin to flow out of the bottom of the fruit press when enough pressure is applied. The Weston Fruit Press is a great addition to any home and  can be enjoyed by the entire family.

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Step 2 – Crushing the Apples into Pumace

Once you have selected the apples and combination of your choice, it is time to grind the apples into a pumace  before pressing. This will create a mushy and very thick apple sauce type substance, and is a critical step to not only maximize the juice you will get when pressed, but will also prolong the life of your equipment. If you already own an apple cider press, you should have (or have the option) of an attached grinder. Certain presses, such as Correll Apple Presses have automatic grinders, while the more traditional cider presses have manual cranks or flywheels used to crush the apples. Jaffrey Manufacturing has a fruit grinder that can be purchased individually as well as the Weston Apple Grinder. If you don’t have a grinder with your apple or wine press, you can always use a kitchen blender, but it will take a lot longer to get the amount of pumace necessary for juicing. Once you have your pumace prepared it is now time to start pressing the fruit.

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