My friend and I make wine from grapes. A year ago we bought your fruit crusher FP130 and now we are wondering do we instead need the crusher/destemmer? We want to keep grape hulls and juice together for fermentation, does the crusher/destemmer allow the hulls to pass through and not the stems or is it the catch stand that collects everything but the juice?
As you may already know, the grape crusher that you have is only going to crush the grapes. The stems, pulp and everything else you put in the hopper is going to pass right through the rollers. Nothing is separated. It is only crushed.
With a unit that is both a grape crusher and a grape destemmer, everything still goes through the crushing rollers, grape clusters and all, but after the rollers the stems are removed from the crushed pulp and pushed out the side of the units. The wine juice and the pulp both fall out the bottom just as you would like.
We have two different models that both act as a grape crusher and a grape destemmer. One is motorized. That’s the one pictured above. Then we have a manual version. One is just as fast as the other. It just needs to be hand-cranked.
Happy Wine Making,
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.