DIY Cider Press Review: “Anyone can build a whizbang cider press!”

In this video I show you the basics of a simple cider press I built from plans I purchased from whizbangcider.com. I actually built two cider presses and grinders. One of the presses was a gift for my uncle who plans to grow a lot of fruit at his lake house.

Here are 2 key things that attracted me to the ‘whizbang’ design:

  1. Uses a 6 ton tube jack to press the cider rather than laboriously turning an acme screw
  2. Uses a garbage disposal to create the mash, which I thought was a great idea.

In the book Herrick Kimball recommends that the disposal unit you choose should be modified with a more powerful electric engine to avoid overheating. I got antsy and decided to try it without the modification and it has worked fine for 5+ batches, however I do notice it does rather warm. I don’t run it for very long periods of time since it does such a nice job of crushing up apples.

Please check out Herrick’s blog post here: New Techniques for Cider Making for a more detailed explanation of the cider making process. You can purchase his book on his website as well.

Author: Nick-LaDieu

Webmaster of SaveOurSkills.com. Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • Nick, all I can and want to say is “I’m envious and hope the cider is amazing (should be)!”. This is a fun skill that where I am, would come in handy (with either apples or pears). Enjoy the results and post photos of the final cider. 🙂

  • When I was referring to the results, I was meaning the hard cider. From the video, it’s a simple kit to build; and the resulting fresh cider would be amazing, from the sounds of your reaction.

  • Yeah man I get it. I’ve got about 2 weeks to wait before putting it in bottles. I only made a small batch to start (1.5 gallons)
    The only reason I did this was because I couldn’t keep my hand out of the cookie jar and drank up much of my stock.

  • Scott

    This is a great way for someone with a few fruiting trees to utilize their harvest. I have personal experience with a whizbang cider press just like this one, and I can attest that the results are as delicious as they look!

  • This is a great way for someone with a few fruiting trees to utilize their harvest.

  • JoshRonin

    That was awesome. If you cleaned up your apples a bit, the garbage disposal could be used to chop up apples pretty quick for apple sauce. Peels and all. Gave me an idea to try. Thanks.

  • That’s a great idea! Nothing better than fresh apple cider. Reminds me of when I was a kid and my dad made it every year. Thanks!