Whizbang Cider
Pressing Fabric

 Whizbang cider pressing fabric being used to make a cloth-wrapped bag of mash for rack-and-cloth pressing in the Whizbang cider press

As I explain in This Essay I'm a firm believer that rack-and-cloth cider pressing is far superior to other cider pressing methods. That is, I suppose, why most all commercial cider operations use a rack-and-cloth system.

But, for some odd reason, my Whizbang cider press is the only home-scale press on the market that promotes the rack-and-cloth approach. I believe this will change in time as other cider press manufacturers are faced with the reality of their inefficient presses (inefficient when compared to the Whizbang).

All the other home press makers recommend a single pressing bag when squeezing cider. But you don't need one of those  pressing bags for rack-and-cloth Whizbang cider pressing. You need simple squares of a strong fabric. 

Some sheer-curtain fabrics will do the job. Such material is often available in fabric stores for not much money. But many people have told me it isn't easy to find sheer-curtain material that is strong enough for pressing.

That being the case, I figured it would be a good idea to start selling top-quality, professional cider-pressing fabric— fabric that is specifically designed for the work of pressing cider. Fabric that you can depend on.

It was not easy but I eventually found a supplier and I am now offering the fabric in 30" by 30" squares, which is what you see in the picture at the top of this page. Here is a closer look at the fabric:

 If you have seen the cider pressing bags that other cider press makers sell, you are familiar with this kind of fabric. Technically, it is a woven polyester. 

I sent a pressing bag from Lehman's Hardware in Ohio to the textile factory where we now get this material. They analyzed it and presented me with several similar options. I settled on a fabric that is rated as stronger than what Lehman's uses to make their pressing bags.

This fabric is used in industry. It is made to last. And it also meets FDA requirements for food processing applications.

During my long and difficult search for a pressing fabric supplier, I found a commercial cider equipment company that sells 30" by 30" squares of fruit pressing fabric for $15 each, plus shipping! Wow—that's a LOT of money. 

But I'm selling the same size squares for a LOT LESS than that. My Whizbang fabric squares will cost you as little as $7.00 each (depending on how many you buy—an online ordering button is below), and my price includes the cost of shipping.

The only difference between those $15 squares and mine is that my squares are not hemmed, as you can see in the picture above. To test the unhemmed material, my wife put several squares through 6 washer cycles (along with other wash she had to do). Unraveling was very minimal. It was so little that I don't forsee it as any problem at all.

I did a small pressing early in the season to test the fabric before offering it here. I really don't think I needed to test commercial quality fabric, but I wanted to anyway. That's when I took the picture at the top of this page. That picture shows the 30" by 30" square spread over a plastic-pail-bottom mash form (which I tell you about at This Essay) and then filled with apple mash from the amazing Whizbang apple grinder. Here's a picture of the fabric corners brought together before tying with string.

30" by 30" fabric is just right for the form size I tell you how to make (this information is also in the Whizbang Cider plan book).

Here is a  picture of the bag formed when a string is used to tie the edges together:

Here is a closer look at how the bag is tied with a piece of cotton string (a 16" to 20" length will do nicely).

Then, of course, you place the bag onto the bottom of the pressing pan, lay a round pressing disc (a.k.a., pressing rack) on top, followed by another bag of mash, and another rack, and so on until the stack (traditionally referred to as a "cheese") is assembled. This is all shown and explained in more detail in the essay I've already given you a link to (but here is The Link again if you need it). 

This next picture shows the same bag of mash pictured above after pressing. It has been flattened considerably and a lot of juice was squeezed out. I'm untying the string.

The fabric did a fine job of holding in the mash but letting out the juice. This next picture shows the pomace that remained. It had a moist-dry texture to it. Clearly, Rack-and-cloth pressing presses faster and extracts more juice for a given amount of mash than does any other cider pressing technique.

I rinsed the pressing fabric off in a bucket of water and it cleaned up much easier than some other pressing fabrics I've used (in the form of pressing bags). 

I also hung some of the fabric on the clothes line and found it sprayed clean with the hose quite easily.

I sell the 30" by 30" pressing fabric in sets of five squares. Five is how many bags of mash you can press with four pressing discs (racks) and a pressure plate, as I recommend in my plan book.

If you are planning to make a lot of cider and will have lots of help, I suggest you get more than five squares of fabric. That way, you can be pressing a cheese while your help is making bags for the next pressing. They can be made and stored in a plastic pail until you're ready to press them. 

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Shipping: US Postal Service First Class shipping is included in the following prices.

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We Now Have

Our pressing fabric will work on larger cider presses,
as you can see in this picture.

We've been told that our cider pressing fabric cleans easier and strains juice faster than other commercial-grade cider pressing fabrics on the market. 

But the standard 30" x 30" fabric size that we sell for Whizbang cider pressing is too small for most commercial cider pressing operations. For example, the press board pictured above measures 24" x 24" and requires a 36" x 36" piece of pressing fabric.

Up to now (2015), we have not offered any sizes of pressing fabric over 30" x 30" but the good word about our excellent fabric is spreading and we have decided to start selling larger sizes.

Specifically, we are custom cutting lengths off the roll, and selling them by the yard. The roll is 60" wide. 

So, for example, if you purchase 1 yard of material, it will measure 36" x 60." Or, if you purchase 5 yards of material, you will get one large piece that measures 5 yards (15 feet, or 180 inches) by 60" (5 feet).

You can then cut the fabric yourself to the exact sizes you need. You can also hem the edges yourself, if you feel it is necessary. But it really isn't necessary.

Availability: In stock & Ready to Ship 

Price: $17.00 per yard, postage paid.

How to Order:  Click "Add to Cart" button, then indicate quantity (total number of yards wanted) in the shopping cart.

Questions?... Herrick@PlanetWhizbang.com

Whizbang cider pressing fabric In the box, ready to ship.