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Bladder Press - Stainless Steel - Speidel - 40 Liter
Bladder Press - Stainless Steel - Speidel - 40 Liter

Bladder Press - Stainless Steel - Speidel - 40 Liter

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Item Number: 19-Ger102S
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Bladder Press - Stainless Steel - Speidel - 40 Liter

Speidel was the original manufacturer of the bladder press.
  • To obtain a better press, the Speidel 40 Liter Bladder Press uses a slotted screen, similar to what is offered on large commercial presses, instead of a screen with circular perforations.
  • Speidel 40 Liter Bladder Press also offers superior hardware and a recessed valve assembly (to reduce accidental breakage).
  • The Speidel 40 Liter Bladder Press is all stainless steel.
  • Stainless is much easier to clean and much more resistant to rust and is a beautiful, brushed stainless press.
Overall height is 35" and outlet height is 18.5".
Weight: 88 lbs

A press cycle for this unit averages around 40 minutes.

Includes:
  • Complete press assembly
  • Inner mesh bag (to keep fruit from getting in the stainless basket and make cleanup easier)
  • Plastic "spray-protection bag" to keep the juice from squirting out.
  • Fittings to connect a garden hose
  • Instruction manual
  • Presses ship in a corrugated box. Minor assembly (attaching legs) is required before use.
  • 1 Year Warranty on all parts!
How to use a Bladder Press:

Set up the press:
  1. Attach a garden hose to the water inlet. Depending on your model, this adaptor assembly may or not may be assembled in place prior to shipment.
  2. Sanitize the press prior to use. Wet the basket, bladder, collection tray, inner mesh bag, and the outer plastic bag with your favorite sanitizer.
  3. The mesh bag (green or white depending on the brand) that comes with every bladder press is designed to be placed inside the stainless basket. Fold the mesh bag over the top of the stainless basket to hold in place. This mesh bag helps with the press and makes cleaning out the pomace (pressed grapes) much easier.
Filling the press:
  1. Fill up the stainless basket with a must. You can use a bucket or a must pump. Fill the basket to the very top and then allow a little time for settling once the basket is full. Top up once or twice with must after settling occurs.
  2. Place the lid onto the top of the press, (it should settle down snugly into the top of the press).
  3. Screw down the large threaded wing nut.
  4. Put the plastic or rubber mesh spatter-protector over the outside of the press so that it covers the entire perforated area of the press.
  5. This bag keeps the wine from being sprayed out during the pressing cycle.
Pressing:

  1. At the top of the bladder press is a small screw valve. You must unscrew it before you fill the bladder. This opens the valve and allows the air to escape while the bladder fills with water.
  2. Open the valve on the “input” side of the manifold (the side attached to the garden hose). Water will now begin to flow into the bladder. When water begins to spurt out of the screw valve, signaling all the air has been purged from the bladder, close by tightening clockwise.
  3. The best way to determine the endpoint of when to stop pressing is by taste. With a little practice and an overall idea of what you are trying to achieve with your wine, you can determine when to stop pressing. With red wines, you can generally taste the wine become more astringent as higher levels of tannins are pulled from the skins. Some wines need to be pressed a little more than others. Sometimes towards the end of pressing, you can taste a good amount of complexity and fruit. It really depends on your wine and your tastes.
  4. Most commercial wineries will press from 1.5 to 2 bar (14 to 28 p.s.i.)
  5. Most home winemakers generally press to around 2 bar.
  6. There is an automatic blow-off on all models that will not allow the pressure in the bladder to be greater than 2.5 to 3 bar. This is an important safety feature to protect your bladder.
Emptying the press:

  1. When you reach the endpoint, turn off the water and disconnect the hose from the press. The bladder will be completely expanded inside the press and you will need to then let the water out so that it can deflate back to its starting size. This is done by opening both the output and the input valves to allow water to drain as quickly as possible from the bladder.
  2. If you will be continuing to use the press after the first load of must has been finished, do not open the screw-valve at the top of the press, as this will only allow air into the bladder. The bladder should contract as much as possible so that you can fit more grapes/must in per load.
  3. Once the bladder has shrunken to an acceptable size, or the water has stopped draining out, turn both valves to the off position.
  4. After the bladder is empty, unscrew the wing nut counterclockwise on top of the lid and remove it. In all cases, you will want to remove and rinse off the inner mesh bag.

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