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 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.
Q For bottle fillers, what's the difference between a semi-automatic and automatic line?
A Hi. Pretty simple, I think: Semi-automatic means you have to place bottles on the machine, and remove them when the rinsing, filling, capping or labelling job is done ( i.e. ...