I'm about to bottle my first ever home brew which is a hard cider (1 cup white sugar, 2.5lt fresh juice 1lt shop juice) but am a bit confused about this process. Biggest problem is I dont have any chemicals or artificial sweetener available.
It is completely fermented so I think I add around 1 cup of white sugar. Cold crash half of it right away for still cider, and for the other 2 litres put into 1lt coke bottles to carbonate for a day at room temp before I cold crash them.
My questions are, is this a good amount of sugar for 1 gallon? Am looking for a medium sweet cider, average as possible
And is this the correct way to carbonate it, a day in the warmth? I was thinking to squeeze the bottle a little before I seal it, then crash it after it has filled out by its self, or will it not carbonate if it is not compressed?
Also for the still cider can I drink it right away or should I leave it to sit for a while in the fridge?
Thanks for any help, and wish me luck