One of the Final Pieces

The mobile lift in the above photograph is sitting in the approximate location where our bladder press will stand.  A loading chute will be mounted atop the railing in the upper right corner of the picture, white grapes will be guided through it into the hopper on top of the press (photo forthcoming!).  The bladder press consists of a large cylinder mounted in a frame that allows it to rotate.  As fruit is loaded into the cylinder through the hopper, the cylinder rotates to encourage an even disbursement of fruit, a bladder (similar to a heavy balloon) is then inflated in the center of the cylinder, pressing the fruit against the interior walls of the cylinder to force out the juice which runs out through spouts in the sides of the press.

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