Bladder presses offer a gentler yet more efficient press with less operator effort and the ultimate in press-control. You will extract more juice and less tannins. Attach a standard garden hose to the included hose fitting. Water fills up the interior rubber bladder which expands and presses the grapes against the outer stainless steel screen. 35 p.s.i water pressure (2.5 bar) is the maximum pressure you would need to operate.
Two sleeves are provided with the press. One a mesh sleeve is placed inside the press and the other is an outer plastic sleeve that is placed over the top of the press to keep the pressed fruit from squirting out. After pressing, the entire stainless basket rotates and the inner mesh sleeve can be pulled out with most of the pressed grapes coming with it.
We used this press in our own small production. A platform was built for the press to sit on so that when we rotate the basket we can dump directly into a macrobin. Use a must pump (PMP565) to pump up into the press. In each press load we do approximately 110 gallons of red wine must (letting free run on through) which works out to be about 3/4 of a macrobin. We can press 7 tons of fruit in a long day.
80 gallon capacity (not including bladder.) 85" Overall height with a basket diameter of 25.5". A great press for the small winery. We used this press in 2004 to press 7 tons of cabernet. A local winery used two of them side by side to press over 50 tons. A joy to use.