I have access to quite a lot of apples and am thinking of making some cider. I have the plans for making a cider press in a book I have, but although it sounds like an interesting project, I wouldn't be able to make it in time to use this year. Hense I am looking into buying one and this is where you lot come in.... Can anyone recommend one to me? I don't want to end up with cheap rubbish but also don't want to spend a fortune. Thanks!
a friend of ours built something very similar to this and it worked for at least 5 seasons before he had to replace stuff, hes the least handy bloke on the planet so it cant have been hard , i think instead of the staved part he used a food grade bucket drilled with holes , but it worked quite well. a lot of people i know use beet mashers with a turn handle for processing apples ready for pressing
Tim Wale of Tutts Clump cider is selling an apple mill and cider press. Give him a call.
This was his comment on Facebook..
"I have decided to sell my old mill and press, partly because I need the space, and I need the money, but also it will do someone a good turn. The only reason I stopped using them was to upgrade to a bigger machine. They both work perfectly. The mill is a fruit shark and is only three years old, and the press is a basket press complete with cloths. I forget the name, but it is a German machine built I would think in the 1960™s. I made 7,000 litres with it in 2009, and you can comfortable make 220 litres per day on your own. It is manually operated, and has a two-speed ratchet type drive. Both can be viewed on my main web site under œthe process. On ebay, the press would fetch over £1,000, and a new mill now costs nearly £400, but the first person to come up with £1,000 in cash can have the mill and press, and I can give a working demonstration on how they work¦!!!"
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Been using my spinner for a couple of days (for cider). far better than my press BUT wrecking my muslin bags very quickly as it happens pub landlord insisted that his Indian shopping bags would do the trick and he was right. Cost him pennies and made out a very heavy duty plastic. Brilliant due to a bereavment have missed 2 weeks of cider making but should still make 20 gallons hopefully more. Got 6.5 gallons of Sloe gin on the go though¦¦¦Sloe Cider nothing in the world beats it.
Sorry to hear about the bereavement JB
Got 6.5 gallons of Sloe gin on the go though
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Actually don't drink that much of it (honest) I prefer to use the gin soaked sloes for Sloe cider and I give away most of the Sloe Gin, Well I used to 6.5 gallons maybe to much. I give it to people who have done me favour not sure that that many peopel have done me favour! Also bought these bottles http://www.peaseofgarforth.co.uk/search/sloe for 3.25 each They were on Ebay but they sent me to there shop where they were cheaper and they gave me a voucher. Bought 15.
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