Erikht's cheese press

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Erikht's cheese press

Postby Franco » Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:36 pm

There are a number of cheese press designs available, this is one sent by Erikht, I'm trying to make it at the moment and will post pics as and when.


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Postby Rik vonTrense » Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:31 pm

This is a very versatile press foir small cheeses but I haven't checked the metric sizes.

It follows an old Dutch farmhouse design and can be made in different sizes to accomodate bigger hard cheeses.

I have made several of these up so if anyone gets stuck give us a shout.

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this is it made up and it may give you a better insight.

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Postby Wohoki » Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:06 pm

Ascott sell exactly this press for 30 quid, for those of us who are DIY-challenged. (I can carve free-hand, but if one staight bit of wood has to fit another.......... :cry: )
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Postby aris » Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:43 pm

I'm sure paul kribs could knock this out in a jiffy :)
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Postby Paul Kribs » Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:28 pm

Since the interest in cheesemaking on this forum, I have mused with the idea of getting into it.. Unfortunately I can't justify starting. It's not like the meat processing and sausagemaking inasmuch as I started that because I was finding undesirable things (bones and grisle etc) in the products.
I only generally eat 2 types of cheese.. The sainsburys 'taste the difference' Picante Gorgonzola, and the Mull of Kintyre mature cheddar. Both of which I cannot fault. Superb products.

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Postby aris » Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:46 pm

I agree - i've got to rationalise my hobbies as it is - I cannot justify another - and my wife would not stand for it :lol:
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Postby somerset lad » Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:03 pm

I must admit i use a 4.1/2 inch drainpipe with holes drilled in with a wooden folower turned by a mate with a lathe ,and about 8 lbs. scale weights on top and it works well every time. A lot of cheeses don't require pressing , ie Stilton ,Vinney ,and soft cheeses like Camembeart and brie. :wink: :lol: 8)
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Postby Rik vonTrense » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:49 pm

Well most people only work with a gallon of milk at a time and that will afford you a pound of cheese.......

If you make a couple a week you have plenty of cheese for a family.

I frequently use me rain pipe with a wooden stand that was used for kitchen towel rolls....the round base is the exact size of the drain pipe and I drop a few dumbell weights over the shaft but you must have a centering disc at the top of the pipe otherwise the cheese can turn out wonky.

Of course a five pound wheel is going to make a better cheese than a one pound truckle.


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Postby Gordon » Thu May 15, 2008 11:05 am

Has anybody got copies of the images of the made up press, I'm thinking of making one for myself and I would appreciate a glimps of what the finished press looks like.
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Postby saucisson » Thu May 15, 2008 3:09 pm

I have one of these: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ascott-Wooden-Har ... 18Q2el1247

I can take some close ups of mine if you like.

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Postby Gordon » Thu May 15, 2008 3:14 pm

That's ok Dave, I don't want to put anybody out.

I shall probably disappear down to the shed later and make a start on it anyway ( too mean to buy one ). I'll photograph the progress if you like, if you promis not to laugh at my woodworking skills :lol:
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Postby saucisson » Thu May 15, 2008 3:18 pm

I was too mean to buy one too, but my wife got me one for Christmas. If you have any problems give me a shout and I'll take a photo of the relevant part, it should be fairly straight forward though.

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Postby Spuddy » Thu May 15, 2008 8:14 pm

Snap! Same one I've got. Christmas pressie too from the MIL about 5 years ago.
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Postby Gordon » Fri May 16, 2008 7:54 am

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Postby saucisson » Fri May 16, 2008 12:09 pm

Looking at your workshop, you are unlikely to need any help from me :lol:

One thing to note, it does topple over quite easily once the weight is on the arm, so you might want to consider how to clamp it down or even extend the base out under the arm.

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