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Cider Mill

Kickapoo Orchard Cider Mill is being moved out of the retail sales area and across Hwy. 171 to be installed in a new room in our packing facility.  Sept. 1, 2015 the 6,000 gallon stainless steel tanker was unloaded and slowly eased into the building.  

Pasteurized Cider sold at the orchard:

Fresh cider off our press is pumped into a 5,000 gallon stationary stainless tanker then into an over-the road tanker for delivery to Citrus Systems in Hopkins, MN to be pasteurized and bottled.  The apple/cherry cider blend is also made at Citrus Systems.

May 2015:  Kickapoo Orchard is increasing the future volume of special cider blends by grafting several varieties of cider apples to existing apple trees.  

Made with our unpasteurized cider:   Hard Ciders, Wine, Beer & Brandy:

Wines, Westby :                  Branches Winery

Apple and other wines:   August Hill Winery

 Apple and other wines:  Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery             

Apple and other wines:   Sugar Creek Winery:                             

 Wines and Hard Cider:      Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery          

 Apple Ale, New Glarus, WI:   New Glarus Brewing

Fallen Apple, Spring Green, WI Further More Beer

Available in our salesroom Brandy, Vodka, Madison, WI:  Yahara Bay Distillery

Available in our salesroom:  Apple Wines, Richland Center: Weggy Winery              

Apple Wines, Dubuque, Iowa Stone Cliff Winery

 Apple Wines, Galena, IL Galena Cellars

Apple Wines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa:  Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery and Distillery

 

A modern 24" continuous belt press makes pressing 800 to 1,000 gallons of cider an hour a possibility. Windfall apples are never used. Sorted apples come from our packing house in bulk bins, where they are kept in cold storage until an order is ready to be pressed. All apples are sorted again and sent through rotating brushes for a fresh water wash before dropping into the blade mill  to be crushed into pomace, then sent through the belt press.

For further information about our pasteurized apple cider or apple cherry cider, or unpasteurized cider to be used ONLY for fermentation or distillation purposes contact the Cider Mill Manager, Bill Meyer or Orchard Manager Andy Meyer

Bill Meyer, Co-owner of Kickapoo Orchard and Cider Mill Manager