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N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Apple Cider Photo Shoot

Have you ever wondered how we make our delicious, amazing, incredible unpasteurized apple cider?  Well – today is your lucky day.  Last season, Cory from Friends in Photography visited us during a pressing session and got some shots of the entire process.  Enjoy!Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard First, the apples are dumped into an elevator.  The elevator brings the apples up high and then dumps them into the grinder.  The grinder catches the apples as they fall and grinds them up with big metal ‘keys’ almost and crushes them into a mushy pulp.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard Jared pumps that pulp into the stacks of pressing trays and wraps them with porous clothes.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard  You can see that the pulp is so juicy it starts to drip out before the pressing even begins.

Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardOnce Jared has the trays stacked to the proper pressing height he attaches a rope to them.Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard He then cranks the loaded apple pulp trays underneath the hydraulic press.   Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardThe press pushes down on the trays and squeezes as much juice out of the apple pulp that is imaginable.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardWhile one set of trays is pressing, Jared starts to load a second and continues this process all through the evening.      

When the pulp has all the juice squeezed out of it Jared empties the pulp into a bucket to dump.  It’s amazing just how dry the pulp is.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardWhen the pressing of the apples first begins, we are busy on the other side of the room getting all of our jugs properly labeled.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardWe do all of our labeling by hand.   Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardEach time we press cider I have to estimate how many 1/2 gallons, quarts, and pints we should fill.  I always do these first and whatever cider is left goes into the gallon containers.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's OrchardWe fill each jug by hand.  We have a system of hoses and pumps that brings the cider from the bulk tank it goes into after pressing to the shut off valve filler I use to fill the jugs.  It’s a bit of an art filling the jugs.  You don’t want to fill them too low so you have to hand pore cider from another jug to get it to the top and you don’t want to fill it too high so it overflows or spews out all over the place.  I’ve gotten pretty good at it but I have a hard time focusing so I may overfill one or two times throughout the night (okay…maybe three or five).   Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard  Did you notice?  All we do to make our apple cider is press it – we add nothing – no sugar, no preservatives – just squeeze out the juice and jug it.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard Once the cider is filled and lidded, we put them into the apple crates to bring back to the other shed to the storage cooler or the store cooler for selling.   Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard Sometimes folks will bring us their carboys over for filling so they can make hard cider or wine.  We’re happy to do this.  It saves jug and lid costs for our customers and it’s easy for us to fill these big containers.  Professional Photo's of Lapacek's Orchard

So now you know – how we make our unpasteurized apple cider at Lapacek’s Orchard. 

Thanks again Friends in Photography for the great photo story!


Unknown said...

This was great! What do you do with the pulp afterwards?

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