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  • From: "Christopher Mauchline" <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] Re: Puzzling Press
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 14:24:55 -0000

I haven't looked at any pictures of your press, but an alternative to
bags might be to what we use for grapes.

We have a hydraulic basket press and to help elimnate "blowouts" we
wrap hardware cloth (i.e. nylon window screening) around the the
inside of the basket extending to the base of the press. In our case
the crushed/stemmed grapes are usually pumped directly into the
press, but we have used an old stock pot to "ladle" the juice into
the press. Sometimes some pomice escapes from the bottom or the
inevitable rips in the screening, but we keep a seive between the
press and the tub that catches the juice. We then settle the juice
overnight and ferment the cleared juice. The screening usually lasts
about 2-3 years.

Chris Mauchline
SE PA, zone 6

--- In, Don Yellman <dyellman@e...> wrote:
> For Tom Olenio: I looked at that picture of a press for quite a
> and could not figure out why it was so different from mine or how it
> could work. Then I saw Claude's msg and realized it operates in a
> completely different way. I don't know how you could make such a
> work with finely ground apples unless you were able to arrange the
> pressing bags around the sides. However, if a nylon bag comes in
> contact with any sharp metal object, it will be damaged and quickly
> open. I really don't understand how a press of that design could
> with either apples or grapes without pushing fruit out through the
> slats, unless you are able to get a bag in there.
> I certainly agree with Claude's view that nylon is the only
> material for a pressing bag. The old fashioned stacked presses used
> coarse cotton or linen cloth, and before that even straw was used.
> with those stacked presses, the pressure exerted was almost entirely
> downward. When you are using a pressing basket, some pressure
> on the sides, which might blow out cotton material or even
> nylon. For ease of cleanup and durability, there is nothing to
> with nylon. Looking around on the net, I found a number of sources
> nylon bags under "beer and winemaking supplies", and one large
> firm (Spagnol's) with dozens of retail outlets in Ontario. Happy
> Ranch also sells them. It remains to be seen what quality these
> are, but be sure to get bags a bit larger than your bucket so that
> do not fall in when filling with pomace. I put a heavy rubber band
> around the rim of the bucket while filling just to be sure.
> Hope you are able to find some way to make your system work, but
> that particular press I am not sure that a disposal grinder would be
> good for you. You might be better off with very coarsely ground
> and just accept the lower juice yields. Rgds, Don Yellman, Great
> Falls, VA

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  • [nafex] Puzzling Press, Don Yellman, 06/23/2000
    • [nafex] Re: Puzzling Press, Christopher Mauchline, 06/23/2000

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