How to Make a Cider Press & Apple Grinder

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How to Make a Cider Press & Apple Grinder
A fruit press. (Wine making press image by liubomirt from

An apple press and grinder can be constructed or purchased to speed up the juicing process of apples. Sizes of the press may vary. Pressures and pressing methods of the press may vary, depending on the quantity of apples that need to be mashed and juiced. To get the most juice out of the apples, it is common to grind them first and then press out any remaining juice. There are several methods and means for doing so.

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Things you need

  • 2-by-4 pine boards
  • 2-by-6 pine boards
  • 10" bolts with nuts
  • Crank or hydraulic shop press
  • Drill
  • Large-head screws
  • Saw
  • Pot
  • Cylindrical pine less than diameter of the pressing pot
  • 4 "C" Clamps

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  1. 1

    Cut 2-by-4 boards into four 4-foot lengths.

  2. 2

    Cut 2-by-6 boards into four boards, each 31/2-feet long.

  3. 3

    Clamp two of the cut 2-by-6s flush to the top edge and flat against the surface of the vertical 2-by-4s. Drill aligning holes 1 inch in on the 2-by-6 boards, that align with holes passing through the 2-by-4s. Drill both the 2-by-4 and the 2-by-6s straight through for easy alignment. This will serve as the top and sides of the press when it stands. Then bolt the boards together with 10-inch bolts.

  4. 4

    Clamp the remaining 2-by-6s inside the 2-by-4s, 1 foot from the bottom of the 2-by-4s, about three feet down from the top 2-by-4. These 2-by-6s should be parallel to the ground and to the other 2-by-6s that form the top of the assembly. Drill aligning holes through the 2-by-4s and into the 2-by-6s, centred 1 inch from both ends of the 2-by-6s and 1 foot from bottom of the 2-by-4s. Bolt the 2-by-6s to the 2-by-4s. This crosspiece will serve as the holder for the apple press pot.

  5. 5

    Cut two 3-foot pieces of 2-by-4 to serve as stabilisers, or "feet," for the bottom of the press. Attach these perpendicularly to the main sides of the supporting vertical 2-by-4s.

  6. 6

    Center and bolt with 10-inch bolts or screw the shop press onto the upper 2-by-6s on the top of the apple press, so the shaft is pointed toward the lower 2-by-6s.

  7. 7

    Drill several slightly protruding screws into the cylindrical pine wood to serve as the apple grinder part of the press. Leave enough space on the sides of the cylindrical grinding surface so that when it is inserted into the pot, apples can fit along the sides and be ground.

  8. 8

    Screw the grinder to the shop press. The shop press should have at least four holes in the press plate. Add a crank to work the grinder, if needed.

  9. 9

    Place the grinding/press pot on the 2-by-6s in the middle of the apple cider press. This pot may be used as a strainer by punching small holes into it so it drains into an additional pot that can be placed below. Using a pot with a spout that the apple juice can be drained from is better.

  10. 10

    Grind, then press apples to extract the maximum amount of juice.

Tips and warnings

  • If a hydraulic jack is used in place of the hand-cranked shop press, 463 Kilogram of pressure per square inch should be sufficient.
  • If choosing to screw the press pot to the apple press, use non-toxic sealant on the attaching holes to prevent leakage. Bolts would likely protrude too much and may possibly damage the grinder since it is soft pine wood.
  • Don't put body parts in the way of a press or a grinder.

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