Originally Posted by skipfire
Do you let it mellow out in the primary? This is my first effort so I have no clue what I am doing, but it is fun to watch even if it doesn't turn out.
Yes...I found cider to be very simple compared to beer. I leave it in the primary for about 4 weeks. Taste it...decide if it is sweet enough for my wife's taste. She doesn't like it truly sweet, but dry would not be popular.
I usually add one can of concentrated apple concentrate to 5 gallons and that gets it right where she likes it. (I like it too...but I like my beer better)
Cider is simple...just let it age a little and mellow...than backsweeten to taste.
If you plan to bottle, the backsweetening will get the yeast going again and you risk bottle bombs. There is a really good sticky on the cider forum about how to pasteurize your bottles once they are carbonated to prevent bottle bombs. (Let it carbonate for a while...then pasteurize)http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/easy-stove-top-pasteurizing-pics-193295/