Archive for November, 2015

Another Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat

November 29, 2015

stroudwater thanksgiving gathering

We got together with the Kaufmans, the Wilkins, my folks, sister, and her kids for a feast this weekend.  Besides the usual favorite dishes, Ben W fried not one but two turkeys, and there were five pies and a cheesecake.  Here’s the spread:

stroudwater thanksgiving 2015

Holly’s writeup of cider weekend year 11; apple washer concepts

November 8, 2015

Holly has posted his usual thorough roundup of this year’s festivities at his delightful blog: http://tooling-up.blogspot.com/2015/11/cider-11-blockbuster-year-for-apples.html

I’ve been thinking more about an apple washing machine; the concept that comes first to mind is a roller-chain-based setup with wire loops or paddles hitched to the chain at intervals to singulate apples out of a tub and raise them up through a tube made of strip brush.  But on youtube it appears that most commercial units are in a bed configuration with transverse horizontal-axis brushes; they run at different speeds to get shearing action; presumably this is also what advances them (or maybe the whole machine is on an incline?  I worry that bike power will have a hard time spinning a whole array of brushes fast enough to do the job – seems like a lot of windage on those drums, and probably not cheap to buy the rollers.  Please drop a note in the comments if you have any ideas!