Before pressing, the apples must be reduced to a mush.
You can make your own by following these plans:
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The apple grater and the apple press puts your hard cider production into high gear.
The heart of the grater is a wooden rolling pin with a sheet of galvanized metal wrapped around it. Holes were punched in the metal with a center punch ground to a blunt end. This gives a grating action when the rolling pin is spun by an old washing-machine motor.
The whole works is in a hopper made of exterior-type plywood. The chopped-up apple pomace spews out onto the cheese cloth and rack below.
If punching the sheet metal seems a drag, try driving a few rows of ﬂathead screws into the rolling pin so the sharp heads stick out 1/|4″ or so. Set the drum with no more than 1/4,” clearance between the sides of the hopper and the grater.
A solid wooden cover with a secure handle should be cut to ﬁt the inside of the hopper with no more than 3/16” clearance. This is used to force the apples down against the grater, and to keep apple mush from ﬂying far and wide. A gate below closes the hopper while “cheese” forms are being changed.