for the cider makers in the group.
The apple pulper works fine. An old $10 waste disposal unit, taken apart and
cleaned up and then reassembled. Now in its own collapsable stand. It can be
lifted in and out for portability and sits in a small aluminium sink. After
about the 8th apple the pulped up apples start sliding out the bottom tube.
Each whole apple takes about 5-10 seconds to become mush. The pulping will
be over in a few hours rather than the 2 days processing through the food
processor. The WD unit must be easily 20+ years old and is solid so should
handle a bit of abuse.
Roll on easter to try it out.
Next project is to build a nice sturdy frame for the apple press. I have
built a proper wooden pulp basket and only need the stand for it to sit on
and its a proper job finished.
Aluminum will impart a foul taste to acetic fruit.
How will you separate the solids from the juice? And how will you
prevent oxidation? Here in upstate NY there are many cider
operations, all press whole apples and bottle the extracted juice
immediately. I don't see how you can make cider from apple mush.
Seems to me all you're doing is ruining apples.
Sheesh! How do you think the Brits used to made cider? It's a drink that
the Brits have made famous centuries ago. They made cider long before there
was a place called New York and their old presses are lumbering and slow and
their bottling isn't 'immediate'.
aluminium sink is what the waste disposer fits within on the frame. Nothing
to do with the pulping of the apples.
check out cider making on the net. The mush has to be pressed to extract the
juice and is strained in the process. Oxidisation isn't a real problem. Put
it in these terms, the chance of apples oxidising after been put through a
food processor and then stood as the laborious process is repeated time and
again is far greater than a few minutes filling a bucket with freshly pulped
apples. If anything, using a waste disposer dramatically reduces any
oxidisation of the apples. From whole apple to the press to the fermentation
cask in a matter of minutes. You tube it and you will see how the process
goes. Piece of cake
Better still, here are some links you can start with
Dudes using waste disposers - check how quickly from apple to juice in the
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM81m5PxdqM (this guys rig is almost like the
one I am building however mine is a collapsable version)
or you can try making one of these if you want to (good luck)
or you can try it this way, I did and hence the waste disposal unit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM3D5OzDXOw (this guys rig is like my first
do a youtube search - a dozen or more examples. Mine was stripped right down
and buffed back to clean metal, water blasted and put through an extended
dish wash. As far as crushing apples goes, there isn't an easier or better
way that I can see.
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