Many cheesemaking suppliers sell Dutch-style cheese presses, which are also among the easiest type to make yourself. These apply pressure using weights hung at the end of the arm, or further up. However, no retailer who sells the press that I've tried (out of 6 different ones) also sells weights for it.

I suspect that is because the weights are expected to be easily obtainable locally wherever you are, but for the life of me I can't figure out how. Where/how would you get appropriate weights for this kind of cheese press?

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    Bottle of water on a rope is weight. Jul 23, 2019 at 8:35
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    ... and, easy-peasy, 1 litre of water weighs 1 kilogram :)
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 23, 2019 at 18:12
  • Wanna post that as an answer?
    – FuzzyChef
    Jul 23, 2019 at 18:28
  • The local athletic shops sells iron barbell weights for $1 or so a pound. Wire them up with some 12 gauge wire through the central hole, and you are good to go. Jul 26, 2019 at 0:26

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I'm not sure about weights specifically for this cheese press. However, as an avid fisherman I use weights designed to be hung off of various types of lines and/or clasps. While most are made of lead, you can get tungsten, stainless steel, and even rubber coated ones now. I have seen them up to 3lbs, mind you if you live near the ocean I am sure (almost certain) you could get larger.

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