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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Codrington , Ontario

    Default Homemade Filter press

    Evening all, I have been watching and seeing allot of videos on people making their own filter press with vacuum pumps, stainless steel pots, air pigs, flat filters ect ect ect, but I have yet been able to find anything or anyone that wants to share the entire process of making one.

    Anyone have any detailed instructions or a link to instructions? I am a DIY kinda guy but need instructions to follow so I know what to do and where.

    Thanks for any help or suggestions you may have.
    2018 28 tree's, 32 taps... 1206 L collected, 19.6 L Finished
    2017 14 trees, 16 taps... for now 465.5 L collected, 10.5 L Finished
    2016 26 trees, 38 taps... for now 675 L sap so far, 10.5 L finished product
    2015 7 Trees, 7 Buckets
    2014 13 Trees,9 Buckets,5 Water Cooler Bottles,1 Turkey Fryer,ended up with 12 L syrup,light to very dark color
    2013 9 Trees ,13 taps and buckets,1 Turkey Deep Fryer,Close to 15 L of syrup , light to dark color

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Mid-coast Maine


    2DDC1AFC-C283-4E65-87F7-F6165A9FC743.jpg5AA79489-A453-4244-8656-6623F648A07C.jpgSo I looked at both the YouTube videos as well as the CDL website to make my own version. I looked at the cheap stainless steel pots that most people seem to be using from Walmart and decided to spend a little bit of money and ordered a double boiler from Amazon that I was able to adapt to what I think will work just fine. I was also able to order weld list fittings to except 1/2" stainless steel fittings also on Amazon. I will also pick up a vacuum pump from Harbor freight to use for the filter press that I think will work great. I am still in the process of putting it together but given the YouTube videos and the information I was able to glean from CDL, I think I should be fine.

    Dbl boiler
    Winware Stainless 20 Quart Double Boiler with Cover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AS7YSC..._TdbCCb7K7YW3R

    Ball valve/fittings
    Concord 1/2" 304 Full Stainless Steel Ball Valve Spigot w/ Bulkhead Nipple and Barb https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GPEQYIW..._yebCCbK00YFN6

    Vacuum pump
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Ellenburg NY


    I built 1 of these last yr. Worked good. But you would need the clamps like cdl has. I didn't have clamps an needed a second set of hands to hold down pressure to make the seal. I also started by using pre filters but still had sand. I then started using the orlon filter and 2 or 3 prefilters depending on the amount to filter. After that syrup was clear and free of sand. I have sense went to the small press like Maple Guys have but a different kind. That works better and can filter up to 14gals on a set of papers.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Chaffee, NY


    I just built a similar prototype. SS pot for vacuum chamber, 5 gal bucket lid fits perfect over SS pot to get seal (a lot easier to drill than bottom of a SS pot!) & cut bottom out of 5 gal bucket as top chamber and a 12 cfm 2 stage vacuum pump W/ no reservoir tank. Worked pretty good. Latches will be an improvement over bungie cords. My concern is all the moisture mixing in with pump oil. I'm thinking of adding a 3rd chamber to cool steam back to water. By sucking stem through a couple inches of water? Any thoughts?
    2014 25 buckets, 55 gal collecting drum, cinder block arch, and 4 banquet pans = 4.75 gal
    2015 200 buckets, (3) 300 gal tanks, 9' home made arch, (2) 2'x4' flat pans @ 25 gph = 30 gal
    2016 stayed @ 200 buckets swapped flat for dropped n played with auf. 40 gph = 25 gal

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