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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hobby Farm Apple Cider and Wine Harvesting Presses and Supplies

Find  some of the best apple cider and wine presses and how to books on the market.  

This online back to basics general store carries all sizes of presses for the weekend hobbyist to the small commercial growers and in between.  

Along with the presses  you will find other processing equipment from picking bags, to the press bags at Cottage Craft Works. com

For a small backyard orchard to make a few gallons of cider or wine, consider a Table Model Fruit & Wine Press.

The table top press will require apples to be chopped, and works fine with soft fruits like grapes. (Tub size is 9" x 11" high and overall press size is 11" x 20") 

Making homemade cider and wine can be fun and rewarding for the entire family.  With the right equipment and knowledge you can look forward to the fall harvest each year. 

Top the cool fresh air with a cold glass of apple cider or an evening glass of home brewed wine.

For a larger orchard with several trees  consider starting with The Pioneer Junior Budget Cider Press. The Pioneer Junior comes complete with an apple grinder.

The Pioneer Junior is a perfect, less expensive cider presses for the homeowner.  It will press a half bushel of whole apples at a time. It does not require  the apples to be peeled or cut up. The grinder will turn the apples into pulp that can be pressed into the pressing bags.  Simply dump the remaining skins, and stems out for the next batch.

For a larger hobby orchard,  The "Homesteader” a  single-tub cider or wine press will be the same type of  basic press that has been used for years.  The Homesteader utilizes the same frame and press screw assembly as our double-tub model.

The Homesteader is capable of grinding and efficiently squeezing apples, grapes and other fruits and vegetables.

The "Apple Eater" grinding attachment (included) is mounted on the back of the press - allowing the "pulped" fruit to fall directly into the tub for squeezing.  The Apple Eater can also be  mounted independently of the press on a saw horse in order to speed up production.

Unlike the old wooden drums, the apple grinder utilizes a poly drum studded with eight rows of stainless steel teeth mounted on a steel crankshaft inside the hopper.

The Apple Eater feature a large cast-iron flywheel with hardwood handle to easily rotate the drum for  smooth and easy grinding.

A Large steel-banded pressing tub will hold up to one bushel of pulp.   Press frames and tubs are made from solid maple hardwood.

The optional Wooden Hopper holds 35 pounds of apples and makes grinding easier and faster.

 All of our metal press parts can be ordered in a hardware kit form, without the wood to build your own press.

For the large scale to commercial orchard the old fashioned Double-Tub Cider Mill & Wine Press will fit the bill.

The American Harvester mill design that allows simultaneous grinding and squeezing at the same time.

Two people working at a comfortable pace can easily grind and squeeze 50 gallons of cider in an afternoon.

The American Harvester Cider Mill and Wine Press was developed with all the best features discovered over the years from the 1900s when double tub presses became so popular.  Heavy duty  4-leg hardwood construction with sturdy cast iron hardware is the choice for larger farms and orchard growers.

You can also motorize either the American Harvester or the Homesteader Grinder Motor Kit. The motor kit attaches easily to a new or an existing grinder.

Cottage Craft Works also carries other orchard equipment and supplies including sprayers and several instructional and recipe books on how to make apple cider.  You can also fine several books on wine making and building grape arbors.

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