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Project by oldrivers posted 181 days ago 1259 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Muscadine Grape Crusher Hey Guys with all this fancy wood work today I thought I wound mix it up a bit. This is a grape crusher I built for a home Wine maker who dose Muscadine Wine and Jellies. For those more Northern the Muscadine is Southern Grape (Many grow in the wild) the skin is much tougher than domestic grapes thus a crusher is in order. I turned the crushing rollers from Oak and routed the indexed grooves to pull the Grapes in to the rollers where the skins are brusted and the seeds remain intact * I built the transition hopper from 1/2 smooth multiply ply, ply wood. The spur gears are from a Diamond Power gearbox (the power House guys and the Boiler Makers will know what they are.} I mounted the spur gears on 3/4” Stainless shaft inserted and secured in the center of the oak crusher Rollers, (works like a charm).
The bearings is a 1×1-1/2’ teflon and the roller gap spacing in 1/4 to 5/16 ” the rest of the frame is Oak. The bottom fits a 5 Gal food grade can but can be stand mounted if so desired. I have a video of it in operation but could not upload it??* I also built him a Wine press from Oak and SS steel if you are interested I will post it also?

-- Soli Deo gloria!





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mcgyver

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#1 posted 181 days ago

i love it more info please. can the rollers be ajusted what is the spacing if not. you said one had grove to catch the muscedine how deep and wide. that is some fine fruit in it also great for jellie or spirits! did he pay in wine?

-- Mcgyver

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oldrivers

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#2 posted 181 days ago

That is a Good question. Not on this one the bearing is 1” Teflon Drilled to the proper centers to give the right gap between the rollers to crushe the Muscadines the spacing is 1/4 -5/16” I for got to mention that, and rest of the frame is Oak the bottom is fit for a 5 Gal. food grade bucket but can be stand mounted it need be. I added this to the intro above. < Thanks> O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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MichaelA

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#3 posted 181 days ago

Nice crusher!!

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 181 days ago

Nice work on this. It appears you have prior experience at making grape crushers, pretty knowledgeable.

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NormG

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#5 posted 180 days ago

Looks wonderful, very portable and well built

-- Norman

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 180 days ago

Does it eject the seeds and skins? Or do you just strain everything from the bucket?

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 180 days ago

Wow great grape crusher, you have done a great job. My Grandfather on my mothers side was Italian and I can remember my mother telling me about my mother, aunty and uncle as children getting into a huge trough and stomping grapes for the home made wine. I guess back in the 1930’s that was all they had for small growers for private use…simple times back then. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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oldrivers

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#8 posted 180 days ago

Thank you all for your comments. 10aC- Does it eject the seeds and skins? Yes it does in fact it cracks or bursts open the Muscadines or Grapes which ever (Flattens them out a bit) this opens the skin when they are fermented or (when cooking jellies in the pot) they breakdown and release the pulp and juices. When they are fermented as they break down, the skins are on the top and the seeds separate and fall to the bottom of the container. Skim off the skins and press in the press I posted. Then you strain the juice into your secondary with an air lock (Bubbler) to finish the fermenting process.

Dave, great story with great memories no doubt, (that was the way it was done back then.) Muscadines are much tougher than grapes to break open this crusher will save you time and labor crushing Muscadines or grapes. The hopper will hold 4-5 Gallons and will crush those as fast as you easily turn the crank (Quick and Easy) May you have a great day—O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 175 days ago

Cool grape crusher! Can’t beat making own machine that is perfect for the work. Excellent job!

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