(FP170) The Marchisio Crusher & Destemmer is designed to process your grapes for optimum body and flavor. The rollers are set the proper distance apart for crushing the grapes with just the right amount of force. The grapes go through the crusher and then fall into the destemmer portion where over 90% of the stems are quickly removed automatically. The pulp comes out the bottom and the stems come out the side. The Marchisio Crusher & Destemmer is easy to use and will process 2,200 pounds of grapes per hour with normal, manual cranking. Just dump whole clusters of grapes into the hopper and start cranking the wheel. There’s no adjusting or set up needed. All you need to do is attach the hopper to the unit and start cranking. Clean up is a breeze also; just hose it down and your done! How does it work? The grape clusters are sent through the rollers by rotating paddles within the hopper. The crushed clusters then fall into an elongated trough. The trough has perforated holes that allow the pulp to go through but not the stems. Inside the trough is a series of paddles that spin at a high rate of speed. These paddles slap the pulp through the holes, while at the same time, forcing the stems out the end of the trough. Both the crusher and de-stemmer operate simultaneously with the single cranking of the wheel. Why is crushing and destemming important? Proper crushing and destemming is an important step in making stellar homemade wines from fresh grapes. Over-crush your grapes and the wine could end up excessively laced with bitter tannins. Under-crush your grapes and you could be wasting flavor. Likewise, failure to sufficiently destem your grapes can also lead to excessive tannins and a bitter outcome. The Marchisio Crusher & Destemmer is a professional piece of at home winemaking equipment. It is manufactured by Marchisio S.p.A. of Italy and is a recognized world leader of winery equipment since 1950. Details: This crusher & destemmer can handle 2,200 pounds of grapes per hour. It has a total height of 24-1/2” and has a large 19-1/2” by 36-1/2” hopper with a smooth, enamel-coated surface. The two cross arms are 46” long for suspending over open containers. This Marchisio Crusher & Destemmer feature two oversized, aluminum rollers for minimizing resistance. Each roller is 3-3/4” in diameter and 8-3/4” long. The cranking wheel is 18” in diameter, so you have maximum leverage and it also features high-ratio, chain driven gears. Color may vary from what is in the above picture. Made in Italy.
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Q Ben (Elm Mott, TX)
I was looking at your crushers on your on-line catalog. Does the crusher/de-stemmer crush just grapes, or can it be used to crush other fruit, as well? I saw that the Stainless Steel Fruit Crusher does all types of fruit, but I also liked the idea of having a de-stemmer.
This product will crush fruits that are similar in size to grapes. Unfortunately, it will not de-stem any fruit other than grapes.
Q Clayton (Warrensburg, MO)
We want to keep grape hulls and juice together for fermentation, does this unit allow the hulls to pass through and not the stems?
The crusher/de-stemmer crushes the grapes and separates the stems from the juice and pulp. The juice and pulp will come out of the bottom of the unit and the stems will come out of the side.
Q Ken (West Salem, WI)
I am interested in ordering this product. Is it easy to adjust the gap between the rollers?
The rollers cannot be adjusted. The rollers are set at the factory specifically for use on grapes.
Q Rene (Mazon, IL)
Is this crusher/de-stemmer designed to sit on a stand or directly over a large open collection vessel (such as a 40 gallon food grade garbage can?
You will need to have each end supported on some type of stand and then place your collector container under the unit. Or you may purchase the De-Stemmer Catch Stand.
Q Jim (Everson, WA)
I would like to know, there are countless types of grapes, many of different sizes. What I am wondering, the paper work says that there is no setup required. Does this unit work on any size grapes? For example, the small Chablis types.
Yes, any size or type of grape can be used in our Crusher/De-Stemmer.
Q Name (Kristi, Centerville, IA)
Does the paint on this product chip easily? I am afraid that it will chip and begin to rust.
The paint on our Crusher/Destemmer is sprayed enamel. Enamel is a hard surfaced paint. It is no more likely to chip than a car paint.
Q Shane (Alexander, NC)
Is it hard to turn the cranking wheel when crushing the grapes?
It takes very little strength to turn the cranking wheel.
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