Speidel Bladder Press - 180 Liters

Speidel Bladder Press - 180 Liters

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Speidel was the original manufacturer of the bladder press. While similar to the Italian models in operation, Speidel offers a few quality upgrades. To obtain a better wine press, Speidel uses a slotted screen, similar to what is offered on large commercial presses, instead of a screen with circular perforations. Speidel presses also offer superior hardware, a recessed valve assembly (to reduce accidental breakage) and a stainless frame on the 180L model. Insert bag and outer splash guard included.
Overall height is 52" and basket height is 34".  Press Cycles average around 60 minutes.

Base is 36" deep and 38" wide.

1 Year Warranty on all parts!

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Excellent for the small winery: Built like a Mercedes
We have two of these, and processed 40 tons through them in 2013. Simple reliable and productive they work with must or whole clusters.

A few points:

Use the cover, or wrap in plastic film to keep the juice in the catch pan. At 2-3 bar you can squirt a good distance without them.

When pressing well macerated reds the flow of must/freeun into the press can exceed the capacity of the catch pan and you can get overflow. Take care to tilt slightly towards the output spout. A simple strainer/colander will catch the seeds/skins that seem to inevitably get on the pan

When pressing whites, you will want either stems or rice hulls to increase the flow of juice.

The fill/drain hose for the bladder has a funky proprietary quick connect fitting, putting larger diameter garden hoses or allowing direct drain to floor will speed cycle.

Pressure gauge is located under the press, you will want a seated person watching and controlling water valves to limit pressure. We run a stepped sequence of 0.5 bars up to 3, allowing the relaxation back to the previous step, and that takes attention to monitor.

The pomace bag tends to take a lot of strain if you aren't careful about handling with load. Make sure you are not putting the stitches in shear, and load the bag wtih perhaps a 4" overlap on the top of the cage, with the seam up when emptying.

Pressure washing is a good cleanup for the cage and bladder, baseplate/top. Its easy for the cage to get dinged when handling as it's relatively light gauge and the top plate is very heavy.

August 6, 2014