So over the past couple weeks I have been distracted and basically forgot about my fermenting cider. Today, I noticed that there was cider all over the top of my carboy and my apartment reeked of booze. It looked to me like the pressure had pushed the airlock off, as the seal was broken between the airlock and bucket. I had never seen the thing actually bubble, though to be honest I wasn't watching it that actively.
So, reasonably, I popped the top off, cleaned it off, skimmed the foam off the top, and am now looking at a bucket full of what I assume is hard cider.
So, is it safe to drink, and is it actually hard cider? Or have I made a mistake and need to start over? And what should I do to avoid this next time?
What was in the bucket:
4 gallons unpasteurized, preservative free cider
4 pounds sugar
16 oz of brewers yeast
Time: 2 weeks, 4 days.