Pressing Onward: A Dewatering Blog

Filter Presses & Cider Production

By Michael Stock


cider production.jpg?noresizeCider. It's a beverage that people all over the world have been drinking for thousands of years. While the drink's popularity has waxed and waned, its consumption has been on the rise in recent years with the popularity of hard ciders and of the drink as a festive fall beverage.

With this surge in demand, many facilities have had to upgrade their old-fashioned cider presses to more modern filter presses. Let's take a look at why filter presses, like our J-Press® filter press, are making their way into more cider production facilities.


About the Process

Presses (whether they are filter presses or traditional cider presses) are one of the essential parts of the production process because they are used to filter liquid out of the ground apple pomace or pommage. They help ensure that the cider has just the right amount of suspended solids, to give it that distinct flavor.

Once the pomace (or slurry, as we call it in the dewatering world) has been dewatered you will end up with cider and a dried filter cake. The filter cakes can be thrown out or turned into compost. It can be helpful to use a sludge dryer to take even more moisture out of the filter cakes, making them easier to store and transport.



About the Presses

Our J-Press® filter presses are extremely sturdy and versatile, making them perfect for use in the food and beverage industries. In fact, with over 30% of the market share, we are one of the leading providers of filter presses to the industry.

Whether you are a local, small scale cider mill or a large production facility, we have the right size filter press to meet your dewatering needs. Our small capacity J-Press® filter presses can dewater between 25 gallons and 1,000,000 gallons of liquid per day, and our large capacity presses much more than that.

Both types of presses have frames made of heavy duty carbon steel plate and wetted parts made of polypropylene with PVC, carbon steel or stainless steel piping manifold. These sturdy materials ensure that the presses will be resistant to corrosion and perform at peak levels for many, many years.

To learn more about our filter presses and what they can do for your facility's cider production capabilities, download our guide!

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