Q I'm considering purchasing a membrane pneumatic press. Can anyone spare some thoughts on getting an open-tank version vs a closed-tank version?
A Each type of pneumatic, or "bladder" press has a tank which is perforated on one side. The other side is where the uninflated membrane resides while in the deflated position. ... Read On
Q How important is having a stainless steel vs. a painted steel crusher/destemmer?
A It is definitely worth your while to purchase and use a stainless steel crusher as opposed to a painted carbon steel one. Grapes are highly acidic. The corrosive resistance of ... Read On
Q Why are presses given a capacity rating for whole grapes and fermented grapes? Are there situations where I would need to press both types of grapes?
A The capacity is stated in whole cluster and fermented reds, for example to allow you to plan for batch sizes. You would never be simultaneously pressing fermented and whole grapes. ... Read On
Q Are different crusher destemmers recommended for specific types of grapes? Or should the type of machine I buy be independent of the varietals I'm using?
A Crusher/Destemmers are not designed for specific varietals. If you are planning on crushing varietals with thin skin, however, such as pinot noir, then you may want to consider purchasing a ... Read On