Originally Posted by hank
willk what do you do with all the left over mash?
most of ours goes into the composter
We call it "press cake" here. My neighbour feeds it to his cattle. He cuts timber on his land so a few bags of hardwood firing might come my way later in the winter
Today is Press Day #1. A lad from my boat launch locality is arriving with his apples for a demo and I have 165kg of my own on hand. The "vintage cider" apples are still ripening on the trees (along with a few culinary apples) so they'll be for another day. Autumn has really set in here over the last week, you can see and smell it. Still, we got a late Indian summer and the winds have settled too, so that's all good.
I spent last night cleaning the shed for today - oh boy did that need doing! One winter project is to floor out the upstairs and create more space to fill with crap
Couple of pics of my OLD equipment below. The hand scratter (mill) was a lot of work for big quantities of fruit. I made the press from scrap and a 5 ton jack. My mistake was that I made it too small. That and the steel was bending under the force. There were a few scary "jack escapes" too where bits passed my head and thumped into walls. Pics of new setup later