Q When should I actually blend the fruit/juice in preparing to make the cider?
A If you're using raw fruit, the blending could occur before grinding; if you're using juice, then could occur before fermentation or after fermentation.
Q Should I produce cider using fresh fruit I've purchased or using juice?
A Producing cider from fresh fruit will require you to purchase more equipment and spend the time and effort to crush and press the fruit, but it will give you more ...
Q If I'm purchasing apples; what type of contract should I look for with an apple supplier?
A Short-term or long-term seasonal contracts are possible; it depends on your strategy as a cidery over time.
Q How do I decide what size vat / batch pasteurizer I need?
A A batch pasteurizer is for small operations where you will pasteurizer only a few hundred gallons at one time. Each batch of product will take about 45 minutes to one ...
Q Do most batch/vat pasteurizers also have the capability to also be a mixer? Also, are most pasteurizers powered electrically? And finally, do most pasteurizers also include their own water cool-down system?
A Absolutely they do. You can pasteurize or simply mix in them. Most pasteurizers use a single phase or 3 phase motor. We ask all our customers which electrical set up ...
Q Do the pasteurizer equipment suppliers on Kinnek meet 3-A sanitary standards?
A We do meet 3-A Standards here at Anco Equipment. I cannot speak for the other companies here, but we do follow 3A Standards and Regulations.