Feedback Needed On Speidel Press
Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:09 PM
I should get my first harvest of 48 vines this Fall 2012, and in a couple of years should be up to 100 vines in production. Many of my vines are in quantities of 8 to 11 vines per varietal, so I would think I should be able to get it full enough with one row.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 02:59 PM
Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:21 PM
2010 Zinfandel (Bottled)
2011 Viognier (Bottled), 2011 Syrah (Bottled), 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Aging in the Barrel)
2012 Petite Sirah(Sonoma), Syrah (Sonoma) and Zinfandel (Amador), oh and a small batch of Viognier
2013 Time to plan... Syrah and Pinot Noir at least!
Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:39 AM
My bucket press is probably 10 years old and it's easier to clean than any press and storage is pretty self explanatory too. All it is is a 6 gallon bucket with a series of 1/8" holes. I have a 3 qt vollrath bain marie ( you could use a stockpot or pretty much anything else as a spacer for the bottom bucket) I place in another bucket. I place the drilled bucket on top, fill it, put another bucket on top and apply pressure, all you need is 200 pounds to get a very compact cake. That's it, it took about 20 minutes to drill the holes.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 11:47 AM
Well, this won't be the most common point of information you will get but for the qty you are doing I would use a bucket press and save myself $1000, at least for now. I just sold my basket press because I hadn't used it in 3 years.
Curious about what volume you are doing with that type of press Joe.
AGING: 2012 Chardonnay Champagne. AWAITING BARREL: Inlaws CV Zin, Lake County Montepulciano and Zin
BARRELING: FO/AO - Yakima Valley Pinot Noir 12, CS and Merlot 11, HO - CV Rhone blend 11
Freshly bottled: Chilean Carmenere "Bordeaux" blend 2010
Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:02 PM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:50 PM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:10 AM
More returns better quality and physically easier to use than my old wooden basket press.
The 90 is 1300 vs - a grand for the 40 .
I would consider the 90 , the 40 may prove undersized if your quantities grow eith through your vines or purchased grapes
But if your winemaking will remain limited your vines the 40 will be fine
once you've tried a bladder press its hard to go back.
whole cluster pressing is almost impossible without one.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:21 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:18 PM
Been awhile since I was on this forum. But my vines are three years old now so I'm back. Great to see the activity.
I was just looking at the same press. It looks like it is not stainless where the wine runs out. Is it painted? That was a big drawback on the basket press as over time the paint peels off an goes in the wine with the wasps and fruit flies. I'd like to keep most of that out of the wine from now on...
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:26 PM
when it gets old you could always have it powdercoated for a bout 50 bucks.
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