sneak peak at 08 pedal mill upgrades

It’s late and I’ve got to get up early tomorrow, but I can’t resist posting a couple pics of the upgraded pedal mill. It works like a bloody charm. I was afraid I was going to have to fiddle with the post-crushers and the cutter clearance, but in practice it milled beautifully right off the bat. We ground up half a pail full of drops from the old tree in the yard just to give it some exercise. In contrast to last year’s implementation, the resulting mush has no bits of skin even as big as a quarter left intact, and no chunks of any appreciable size – it’s all finely ground, pretty much like we got from the garbage disposal two years ago. I love it!!!
Tomorrow we’re going to do our first pressing of the season at Pete and Ben Collier’s over in Vermont. He says they have about 10 bushels, so it should be a good time. Then we eat and play fiddle tunes – hard to beat!
bargaloot power!

bargaloot power!

closeup of serrated cutter blades

closeup of serrated cutter blades

closeup of pedal cider mill drive and post-crushers

closeup of pedal cider mill drive and post-crushers

crummy video of grinder in action (sorry no audio on old digital cam…)

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One Response to “sneak peak at 08 pedal mill upgrades”

  1. ilovemygarden Says:

    Wooo! Nice photos. 🙂 I especially like the first one!

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