Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cider - Honey press first trial

Pressed 50 litres of apple juice on this home made press. Next year I hope to use it in exactly the same way for honey. I know the flow rate will be much less but it should work in the same fashion.

In this video, the very first trial, I used only 4 'cheeses' later I used 6 and the flow rate was much more.


  1. Norm
    What's in the cheeses? Are they simply bags of apples? They look very uniform.
    Did your honeypress, featured in your March blog, work?

  2. Hi Norm

    have you tried out your cider press on honey comb yet?

    Juley (in yatton)

  3. Robin, sorry I have only just seen your comment when I was notified about Juley's. To answer you both, the 'cheeses' are parcels of apple mush which has been put through a compost shreder. They are uniform in shape because you sit the cloth in a four sided box almost exactly the same shape and size of a warre quilt box. They are simply wrapped over when full. I haven't had chance to use it yet for honey as I lost my colonies here this past winter and most likely will not now get a chance to use it until at least next year. That said though, I am sure it will work quite well if not a much slower flow rate.

  4. Sorry to hear about your loss of bees :(
    I have constructed a press based on the things that I had lying around, so a slightly different car jack, round bucket, etc so I reckon that it will be more or less as good as yours for apples / cider but no where near as good for honey comb (I will have to chop it up to fit it in).
    I haven't tested it out yet...
    I will let you know how it goes on the honey.