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Old 12-21-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Dear All ,

Fruit Press is one of the Most Important Equipment that you will need .

Because:

1, Takes longer time to extract the juice when extracting using your hand.
2, Time the juice is kept in contact with air is more when extracting using your hand.
3, Flies and pest that may come in contact with juice are high when extracting using your hand.
4, Your hand starts paining after some time and it pains for couple of day's if you are not used to it .
5, The chances of contamination are high when extracting using your hand.
6, Extracting More Juice from the Fruits when using a Fruit press than extracting using your hand.

So I am in the process of making a Good Fruit Press :

Bought below items that are made from maple hardwood from US.

Tub - 15'' x12-1/2'' ( OD x Height ) & 3/4'' thick
Juice Rack - This will go under the Tub - 15'' x15''
Pressing Disk - To fit the Tub Inner Size ;

Food Grade/Safe wooden coating:

Want some help on how to finish the Tub wooden staves parts for making it food grade/safe coating and also to protect these wooden parts for a longer life . I got a kilo of Bees wax , can this be used for finishing or as a varnish for these wooden staves/parts ? Need some tips and process on the same ..

Any one here are aware of food grade varnish that are available in India ?


Screw rod and Nut assembly :

Planning of making a 24'' long and 1 1/2'' screw rod and nut assembly then get them galvanised .Hope then the parts may not get rusted .What is the thread pitch that I should use for this 1 1/2'' screw rod ?

Juice Collecting Tray :

Need a Stainless Steel square Juice Collecting Tray ( 18''X18''),for keeping it Under Rack - This will be used to collect the Juice under the Rack .

Frames :

The frames are going to be of Steel Tubing's. The height from Ground to the Stainless Steel Tray under the Rack will be of about 25'' , so that I can keeping the Primary fermentation bucket of 23'' height under the SS Juice Collecting Tray .

Will soon post some photos on my Fruit Press project .

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Old 12-21-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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I don't think I'd bother getting the screw parts galvenised. So far I've never seen one done and the old one I sold last year was well over 50 yrs old and had no rust problem. Use food grade lube on them. I'm not sure galvenised parts would not be worn off soon anyway or you would still have to use lube. Save the money!!

You can buy the large ACME threaded rod and nuts needed for the screw.

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Old 12-21-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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Have you tried freezing the fruit first ?
It literally turns to much and it soo much quicker to add to the fermenter at that time - It only takes 24 hours in a freezer and then let them thaw in a bucket - because there will be alot of juice flowing from the fruit as it thaws because it is already broken down.

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Old 12-22-2014, 09:34 AM   #4
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For food safe varnish, I use a product called EZ-DO. I have no idea if it is available in India.
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For food safe varnish, I use a product called EZ-DO. I have no idea if it is available in India.
I had posted a question in another thread about a product I found called Watco's Butcher Block Oil Finish but didn't get any responses. Claims to be food safe. Ever hear of it or any experience with it??
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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Yes , I have used the Fruit from Freezer for my Plum and Dates wine ..

For Varnish thinking of using the Bees wax with olive oil for the wood .coating ..

I also saw some food grade varnish that is available here in India as well .Have send a mail to the manufacturer , will keep this info updated soon.

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Old 12-23-2014, 11:49 AM   #7
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I had posted a question in another thread about a product I found called Watco's Butcher Block Oil Finish but didn't get any responses. Claims to be food safe. Ever hear of it or any experience with it??
I don't know how well it would work as a lubricant, but it would probably be fine. Sounds like mineral oil you'd use for sealing/finishing a cutting board.
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Old 12-23-2014, 12:28 PM   #8
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Nothing to do with lurication but a wood finish. I read the reviews and it seemed to perform more like a ureathane then an oil finish. So I gave it a try. After a few coats it becomes a hard finish like a ureathane and not an oil just as the reviews stated. A third of the price of EZ Do and was in stock at Lowes. I haven't subjected it to the wine as yet, that's a ways off.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:26 AM   #9
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Just thought to update on the Progress :

The Steel Frame are now almost built and need to be finished .

Some images taken after tacking and drilled holes for frame 1/2'' bolt , the 3/8'' bolt will be for stand base.

I had an 1 1/2 '' thick screw rod and the Nut of size 3'' OD and 2'' Thickness. This assembly can be removed .

Will need to remove all the weld tacks , grained and remove the rust .Will check if the metal parts can be galvanized or get a powder coting or nickel coted locally here.

Will soon post the wooden parts ( Basket , Press disk , Rack ) that arrived from US . I asked my friend to bring to save cost & he was here for Christmas so I saved on the postage.


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Old 12-30-2014, 08:31 AM   #10
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Hi All,

Metal parts arrived after cleaning and a nice coating, it looks Good now after the rust all gone.

Images of Metal parts used for Press attached after the coating , hope you like it !

Will have this assembled tomorrow .

Now I need to get the food grade wooden coting completed & will need a SS Tray of size 18''x18'' for collecting the Juice below the rack .

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