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How to Make a Hydraulic Cider Press
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Hydraulic presses are an efficient and dependable method for extracting large volumes of juice quickly and reliably, and should always be the go-t……
Hydraulic presses are an efficient and dependable method for extracting large volumes of juice quickly and reliably, and should always be the go-to choice over basket presses.
Bladder presses use hydraulic pressure from an existing domestic water supply to compress ground apples, grapes and other fruits against a mesh basket for energy savings and ease of use. They're easy to operate and energy efficient while their use can be easily adjusted by increasing or decreasing water pressure as desired.
Building the Frame
To extract juice from crushed apples (known as the pomace), cider makers require considerable force. Because of this pressure requirement, they often opt for hydraulic presses instead of traditional barrel-style presses.
There are various hydraulic apple presses on the market, each offering different sizes, materials and prices. While they're most often associated with large cider producers like breweries or wineries, home cider-makers have taken notice of these devices too!
Step one in building a hydraulic apple press involves creating its frame. As this component will bear most of the pressure from use, it needs to be extremely sturdy. Oak wood makes an excellent choice but many also opt for stainless steel construction as well.
Once your frame is ready, it is time to build the actual hydraulic apple press itself. It is best constructed on a solid, flat surface so as to avoid vibrations during pressing; once set up, place your hydraulic cylinder/ballon in the middle of your basket before packing with pomace.
As water can make the hydraulic cylinder/ballon difficult to apply the necessary pressure, adding some sort of cushion such as thick piece of foam or mattress pad can help protect its function during pressing. Doing this will also prevent it from getting damaged during pressing process.
As soon as your cylinder/ballon is filled with pomace and pressure is applied, it will start extracting juice from it. Make sure there is a bucket underneath your jack to collect any juice as it comes out. As pressure builds further, eventually becoming too much for it to bear and that is when you should stop the process altogether.
Building the Basket
Apple Presses Come in All Shapes and Sizes. They Can Be Expensive. However, It Is POSSIBLE TO CONSTRUCT A BASIC FRAME ON YOUR OWN, If You Have the Appropriate Measurements and Tools Available.
As harvest approaches, you need a reliable way to press apples in order to extract juice. There are various solutions available, ranging from manual wooden screws and electric grinders, but for homebrewers or commercial cideries looking for maximum juice extraction a hydraulic press should be an absolute necessity.
An essential component of a basic hydraulic press are two horizontal beams that sit on the ground, as well as a base that can hold both your bucket and baking tray. You also require a piece of wood that sits between two vertical sides of your frame in order to form the bottom of your bucket and fit a gallon jug underneath it.
As part of the pressing process, your basket should be lined with muslin cloth for easier juice extraction. An old green bed sheet works just as well to contain apple pulp without clogging up its exit hole and help it flow more freely out of your jug and into bottles.
Before assembling your press, take time to ensure your frame is the proper height for both the bucket and car jack. If the latter is too low it will not be able to lift over the bucket; and if your bucket is too high it won't exert enough pressure onto wood for you to use the press effectively.
Once your frame is built, assembling the basket can begin. Start by setting a baking tray with a hole pierced through it on top of the base, filling it up to midway down with apple pulp from your bucket, placing on your wooden press top, then pump up your jack to press against the bottom of your bucket squeezing out any juice that may remain inside.
Making the Piston
Nothing says Autumn like sipping freshly-pressed apple cider! While commercial presses can cost thousands, this DIY press project can easily be accomplished in your backyard with only basic tools and materials needed. Instructables user Mike Craghead and John Saveliff came up with this brilliant solution by using a hydraulic car jack as its piston!
Hydraulic presses work by compressing the contents of a basket between two wooden blocks that are placed underneath it, with one block covered by a sheet of polyester cloth to filter out seeds and skins from the final juice product. This step is important because even though many contaminants have been removed from it, traces may remain that could compromise its taste or quality.
Before apples can be pressed, they must first be crushed and mashed to pulp in a large bucket. Next, this pulp must be collected into bundles before being sealed inside a barrel with piston and wooden blocks for sealing. As this is an extremely messy process, rubber gloves may help safeguard yourself against harmful bacteria that might enter through these seals.
Once all components have been assembled, the jack is turned on and apple mass begins being squeezed for juice. At first, juice comes pouring out very rapidly but as more force is applied via the jack it slows. Repositioning apples periodically is necessary in order to extract all possible juice.
Create delicious apple juice using a homemade apple press! Enjoy its fresh sweetness straight away or use it to craft delicious products such as cider vinegar or wine; some people even use it to craft hard cider! However you use your press, it will offer an opportunity to connect with Vermont food sources while experiencing something special about our state!
Using the Piston
No matter the size or scope of your orchard, processing apples into juice will be necessary for success. There are various options for doing this ranging from home-built grinders made out of garbage disposals to high-horsepower electric grinders and commercial cider presses - although even simple homemade hydraulic presses can be highly effective tools in extracting juice from crops.
To build your own cider press, start by creating a frame out of 2x4s. It must be strong enough to withstand the force from our car jack (which will be used for pressing our apple).
Attach a second bucket that has been cut down to form a "jacket," and use a diluted iodine solution to sanitize it before adding your collection drain pan, apple pulp bucket and filter bag (100% polypropylene). A filter bag is essential when pressing juice out of fruit as it filters away seeds, stems and other contaminants while collecting juice directly from fruit pulp - although you could make your own coarse mesh bag which works similarly; but its results won't be as clear.
Place the jug of collected apple juice at the midpoint of the bucket. Next, arrange the baking tray that has been perforated to overhang at its base on top, along with any filtered apple pulp that has accumulated on it. On top of all of this is placed the wooden block and finally the jack which should continue pressing down onto fruit until your jug is filled up completely.
Producing juice this way is both entertaining and effective, providing a satisfying connection with its source.
An alternative option for press wine making is purchasing a bladder press, a metal cylinder with holes that allows juice to drip out and is common in the wine industry. These can often be found online for an affordable price and require additional care and attention; however they're powerful and efficient tools!