I think it's the apples. Sometimes the juice is running under it's own weight, not with the apples from this orchard.I don't think it's too small as emptying the pomace only takes a few mins between presses. What is interesting though, is that I get more like 8-12 litres per press. This difference may be the apples, or perhaps the Selections scratter I have, which made my yields go up a lot. Maybe time to invest, freester ?
That's a good question that I don't have an exact answer to. What I did work out this weekend Was it took approximately an hour to fill each FV - 25-30 litres. I had around 7L a press so that works out something like 10-15 mins a press. Load, press, unscrew, bag the waste apples.Freester,
How long does it take to press the juice out of each press loading?
I’ve got a press that uses a bottle jack and boards with intervening muslin wrapped cheeses of apple scrat, but it takes ages to load and unload, and I’m looking to speed up my cider production.
10L an hour seems a little slow / intensive.As you know, the scratting side of the process is the quickest part, and I’m happy with my current set up.
However, I currently get about 10 litres an hour from the press. Even single handed your press seems quicker.
Does the juice flow through the sides, or exit the press via the bottom?
I’ve got a pub beer barrel with one end ground off, and I’m toying with the idea of scratting directly into it using a “delicates washing bag”as a lining, and then pressing this using the bottle jack. In this system the juice would exit the barrel at the bottom via the tap hole, which could be piped to the fermenting vessel.
By the way, the only potential free labour I can muster is the better half, but her contribution normally only involves tipping, sorry sipping it down her neck.