When you’re making wine from grapes one of the major tasks at hand is getting all those grapes crushed up. You can do it all by hand, or you can do it the easy way and get a grape crusher.
A good grape crusher will only burst the grapes and not mangle or shred the skins. Grape skins that are over processed will release excessive, bitter tannins (tannic acid) into the wine during primary fermentation and pressing. And, that’s a bad thing.
It’s important that the grapes be crushed correctly. You need a crusher that will do it just right.
With pretty much any grape crusher the grapes go into a hopper and fall in between two turning rollers. The trick is to have the two rollers separated at just the right distance to burst the grape–no more no less.
Our Stainless Steel Fruit Crusher has adjustable rollers that will allow you to set the distance to whatever it needs to be. Whether you’re crushing huge Scuppernong grapes or teeny, tiny Cabernet grapes this crusher can handle it to perfection.
As an added feature the Stainless Steel Fruit Crusher can also handle other fruits as well: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherries. And, because it also has rotating knives within the hopper, it can chop-up and crush apples, pears and other orchard fruit with very little effort. As far as homemade wine equipment goes, this one will save you a lot of work.
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.