|The sorting table|
|Apple on their way to the grinder|
From the conveyor belt the apples go through a washer which gets off any grime, such as the remnants of the aforementioned rotten apples. From there they go into a hopper where they are taken up a second conveyor and dropped into a grinder. Once ground they are taken via a vacuum pump through a hose to the pressing table where the slury is deposited in layers. Each later is wrapped in a poris cloth and separated by a sheet of plastic. As soon as the layers start to grow cider begins to drip like sweet nectar out of the lower layers from the weight of the ones above. The stack will continue to grow until it reaches about twenty layers, at which point it starts to sway a bit. At this point it is rolled onto a hydraulic press and slowly squeezed. The cider drips into troughs and then is pumped into a tanker truck outside. Each stack contains roughly thirty-five bushels of apples and will yield around one hundred gallons of cider.
|The stack before pressing|
|The stack after pressing|