Building an Electric Apple Grinder and Brewing Hard Cider at Home

Fall is here, and that means it’s time for us to brew some good-old-fashioned hard apple cider. Join us for a series of videos where we test out different batches and tackle the internet’s cider-brewing myths. In our first episode, Kyle uses a motor and a couple of pulleys to upgrade an old hand-cranked crusher into a POWER GRINDER. Later in the video, we put it to the test by brewing our first batch.

What’s the difference between chemical and heat pasteurization, and is one better than the other? Which apples make the best cider for your specific taste? How do you speed up the crushing process? We’ll be tackling these questions (and more) in future videos, so stay tuned. Enjoy!

CUSTOM APPLE GRINDER BUILD MATERIALS:

Brewing Equipment:
10 Gallon Electric Home Brewing System – 120v – BIAB

Pleasant Grain Apple Grinder:
https://pleasanthillgrain.com/maximizer-fruit-grinder-apple-cider-wine-press#description

½ HP Compressor Motor:
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200729697_200729697

11” Crusher Pulley
https://amzn.to/33qiyRR

1 ¾ Pulley
https://amzn.to/3cTEGqU

ELEGOO MARS 3D Printer:
https://amzn.to/33rCST2

3D PRINT FILES

Apple Crusher Bushing V3:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4613980

CHEAPER APPLE CRUSHER OPTION

7L Manual Juicer:
https://amzn.to/33qV66Z

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

Article on pasteurization: http://brulosophy.com/2018/09/06/chemical-vs-heat-pasteurization-of-fresh-pressed-juice-when-making-hard-cider-experiment-results/

How to hook up your hoses: https://youtu.be/LVOntRbnE-4

TIMESTAMPS

Custom Grinder: 0:00 – 2:55
1st Batch: 2:55 – 6:45
Cost Breakdown: 6:45 – 8:00
Tasting & Conclusion: 8:00 – 9:47

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