The Cider Mill Team: Keven Carter, Press Manager, Jim Maybee, Larry Marsden
May 19, 2015. The grafting crew has completed this year's grafting of new cider varieties in our orchard. The stump grafts shown in this photo are the variety Dabinett grafted on to Jonamac.
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 American, French and English cider apples to existing apple trees.
Made with our unpasteurized cider: Hard Ciders, Wine, Beer & Brandy:
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, and 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.
Bill Meyer, Co-owner of Kickapoo Orchard and Cider Mill Manager