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siletz
10-14-2010, 04:46 PM
We were recently given an old press for making apple cider, but it didn't come with any grinder to grind the apples. Any suggestions about how we could make a grinder for it? Any thoughts would be great. Thanks!

Travis
10-14-2010, 07:53 PM
I have been just googling "apple cider press" as of late. Lots of great ideas out there. Also there are numerous suppliers you can purchase one from.

Mad_Professor
10-14-2010, 08:47 PM
Buy a new commercial grade garbage disposal made for sinks, the bigger the better. Mount it below a hopper to feed the apples into. Mount the whole works above the press.

P.S. early on I crushed my apples with a sterilized 20lb sledgehammer, using it to mash the apples in a food grade 5-gallon bucket (pickle bucket). 20 gallons of cider made my forearms feel like Popeyes

Quietgentleman
10-14-2010, 09:52 PM
Here's a make it yourself grinders.

http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/press/apple_grinder.html (http://www.sentex.net/%7Emwandel/press/apple_grinder.html)

QGM

siletz
10-15-2010, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the great info! We're hosting a cider making day in 2 weeks, so it looks like we've got some work to do.

JarDude
10-15-2010, 05:53 PM
I am going to do the garbage disposal thing. I got the idea here.

http://www.whizbangcider.com/2009/01/whizbang-cider-photo-gallery.html

Here is a video from someone that built the grinder and press from the blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM81m5PxdqM&feature=player_embedded

Mad_Professor
10-15-2010, 10:12 PM
I am going to do the garbage disposal thing. I got the idea here.

http://www.whizbangcider.com/2009/01/whizbang-cider-photo-gallery.html

Here is a video from someone that built the grinder and press from the blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM81m5PxdqM&feature=player_embedded

I don't think the whizbang uses food grade plastic and I would never coat the wood of press parts with polyurethane.

Better to use uncoated rot resistant wood like white oak or cherry for all the parts unless you have access to food grade plastic.

DM
10-15-2010, 10:32 PM
My meat grinder works just fine for that.

DM

JarDude
10-16-2010, 12:55 AM
I don't think the whizbang uses food grade plastic plastic.

What gives you that impression?

I haven't read it thoroughly lately but i thought he talked about what kind of plastic to use.

Travis
10-17-2010, 12:44 AM
I am going to do the garbage disposal thing. I got the idea here.

http://www.whizbangcider.com/2009/01/whizbang-cider-photo-gallery.html

Here is a video from someone that built the grinder and press from the blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM81m5PxdqM&feature=player_embedded


I like the garrbage disposal idea. I don't get why you need a motor with this grider. Looked at his site and there is a coupling to go between the garbage disposal and "motor".

Also instead of using a hopper I think I'll try and find an old stainless deep single sink. That would make it easy to install and make a tub to house the apples.

farmerstac
12-14-2010, 07:16 PM
Use an garbage disposal to to grind your apples . I used an old sink built a stand attached the disposal and piped it into a 5 gallon bucket. You get alot more juice with the disposal than any other grinder I have used.

Stacy