I just ran my first batch of cider 2 days ago, and it is currently in primary fermentation. I'm using bread yeast, and a sanitized balloon with a few tiny pinholes poked in it. I was really really careful with sanitization, and I spray the balloon with star san every morning, but the closet the carboy is sitting in is producing some pretty funky smells, and there are a few small black chunks floating in the top of the cider. I used 100% pasteurized juice, and cooked up some finely chopped apples with brown sugar and threw them in while boiling the juice.
I'm hoping its not a total waste, but I dont wanna drink poisonous cider, and it definitely smells a little funny. any advice guys?