But besides Bertha, Comstock doesn't have a basket press in regular use, instead relying on the Puleo Drain Press bladder press
. "I'm one of those winemakers that has had access to a basket press and know what they can offer," Russi said.
The bladder press
is also used to produce juice for the Derby rose, which is made with whole-cluster pressed Mourvedre.
He gets about 130 gallons per ton from the press (including free-run, of course.) "We could get 20-30 gallons more with a bladder press
, but that's not important for us for these wines.
Reds: Vega 10 with crusher removed, Carlsen & Associates, carlsenassociates.com; conveyors and shaker tables by P&L Specialities, pnlspecialties.com, and transfer to tank by Waukesha pump; Whites: Loaded directly to Puleo bladder press
Then, in 1955, Willmes introduced the bladder press
, a modification of the Vaslin that also employed a horizontal basket, but in place of movable heads it employed an inflatable rubber bladder that pushed the cake away from the central spindle and against the drain surface of the cylinder.
It includes a receiving hopper and a horizontal bladder press
. Gatlin said: "The press is called 'self-cleaning'--95% self-cleaning, maybe ...
After fermentation is complete, each individual fermenter is emptied into either a traveling bladder press
or a stationary basket press.
"Every winemaker with experience on basket versus membrane or bladder press
stated flatly that basket presses make better wine," he says.
We might start by purchasing a small, hydraulic basket press with several baskets, because the press wine from a basket press is far superior to that from a typical bladder press
He has a DeMoisy stainless dumping bin and crusher, a Bucher bladder press
, Velo fitter and 50,000 gallons of storage, nearly all refrigerated.
"The bladder presses
- to feel for tenderness - were over her knickers.
Guy Owens at Carolina Wine Supply says hydraulic basket presses are popular for red wine production in the Southeast, with bladder presses
still standard for whites.