We have recently installed our own custom built fruit press. It is a take on a classic design that was dreamed up by Sean Kelly and Jason Elliott, and brought to life here in Eugene by Elliott Specialty Metal. Jason’s wife christened the machine “Dorothy” after St. Dorthea.
Dorothea was a virgin who was executed for her faith. Prior to her execution, however, she procured apples from heaven and delivered them to her persecutors–an act which ultimately converted them.
WildCraft Cider Works is committed to the use of whole fruit grown in Oregon. This is exceptionally rare, even in the local craft cider market that is increasingly reliant on commodity apple juice and concentrates. During our first year, we leased presses to process the locally sourced fruit for our ciders. Dorothy is a traditional rack and cloth press, and is more powerful, capable of
applying 50 hydraulic tons of pressure, which will provide the additional PSI we have been looking for. The benefits were immediately apparent.
We are getting more juice per volume of apples; thus reducing waste. And the quality of the juice is higher. The subtle essences of the fruit are coming out. From the peel; from the seeds. Aromatics and tannins. And the Brix, or sugar content, of the juice is higher, because we are now getting that last little bit. It’s going to take our cider to the next level. We are thrilled to have this added element of quality control our under our own roof.