I just popped open my first cider.
Here's the details. I'm a purist.
5 Gal. Tree Top Apple Cider (Pasteurized, no preservatives)
White Labs Liquid English Cider Yeast WLP775
Pitched Yeast: 11 Nov 2007
Initial Gravity: 1.044
* Fermentation slow to start. Essentially 24 hours and slow going then. Bubbling stopped after two and a half days.
One Week Check: 1.000 (5.5% ABV)
-Great look, good smell.
-Racked to 5 Gal carboy, vodka airlock. I let it sit in the carboy for a couple of weeks, then primed with 5oz priming sugar and bottled.
After two weeks in the bottle, it tastes great. It still wants to have a few more bubbles. It's dry but kept a great apple taste. Light and easy on the palate.
This was my first attempt at cider and I'm very pleased with the results. Maybe I'll take a shot at Ed Wort's recipe, given the popularity. Just thought I'd share the success.