Originally Posted by Vikingblod
I was expecting my time line for producing this batch to be 3 weeks to a month. one week primary, second week secondary, bottle and wait 2 weeks. Am I overly ambitious? I will go for sparkling cider for at least some of the batch.
That might be a little quick... cider takes a while to clarify. A lot of people will go a month+ in primary with cider. It also depends on how sweet you want your cider or if you want to dry it out. There are a few paths you can take:
1) Dry your cider out completely, bottle. Have dry still cider.
2) Dry your cider out completely, add sugar for bottle carbonation, bottle and have sparkling dry cider.
3) When your cider is about your desired sweetness, bottle and wait until appropriately carbonated and then pasteurize to kill your yeast. Have sparkling sweet cider.
4) Let the cider dry out completely, pasteurize, backsweeten with cider or sugar to desired sweetness, bottle and have sweet still cider.
5) Let the cider dry out completely, backsweeten with cider or sugar to desired sweetness, bottle and pasteurize when the cider reaches desired carbonation. Have sweet sparkling cider.
Orrrr you could do something completely different like kill off the yeast and then bottle with a different yeast strain and bottling sugar... lots of possibilities.