Apple Press Hire from SLOG
How many apples am I likely to get from my tree?
Apple yields vary from year to year and in a good year a smallish bush tree may bear 100 lbs (50kg) and a large standard tree (the sort of tree you can walk under) can bear more than 500 lbs (250 kg).
Whatever the yield of your own trees it is likely that even in poor years there will be apples free for the taking from friends and neighbours.
How much juice?
You will get about 2/3 - 3/4 of a litre of juice per kg of apples you press. Each press takes a maximum of 40 kg of apples, so for each full pressing you should expect about 25-30 litres, or about 40 wine bottles of juice.
SLOG owns two complete sets of apple pressing equipment, which should suit all needs, and is available FOR MEMBERS to hire. It is easy to become a SLOG member, and we wish to encourage as much use as possible during the short apple pressing season of mid September-mid November.
The apple presses are based in south Cumbria and will need collection, either from base, or from the previous user.
Big Apple Press
This equipment is heavy duty, and is ideal for people with orchards of their own and lots of apples to press.
It is also great for community or village apple pressing, when groups or neighbours get together to spend the day together making great use of all those apples which would otherwise lie on the ground and go to waste. Children love these days too as there is lots of juice to try.
The big press and equipment comes in a trailer, so a towbar is needed.
Hire charges are £25 per day or part day for individuals and £50 per day or part day for communities. We also ask for a £25 deposit returnable when the equipment safely returns.
Small Apple Press
This equipment is great for people with smaller amounts of apples to press, and with less room in which to do it! It can also go into the back of a reasonable sized car.
The 40 litre hydropress has a capacity to produce a juice yield of up to 20-25 litres (35-44 pints) per pressing, depending on variety and ripeness of fruit.
It achieves high juice yields, it should be possible to carry out 3 pressings per hour Once filled, the press can take less than 5 minutes to extract juice.
Please note that this requires a mains water pressure of at least 1 Bar and that it takes 40 litres of water per pressing.
Hire charges are £20 per day or part day. We also ask for a £25 deposit returnable when the equipment safely returns.
Make Your Own Press
Alternatively, you may wish to make your own apple press.
At one of SLOG's winter meetings, Mark gave us an excellent talk on how he has done it. Mark's notes are available for all to share.