After further reading I did not follow through w/the back-sweetening plan and decided to just do a straight two week secondary. So to re-cap: 3 weeks primary then 2 weeks secondary. FG was 1.011. Bottled 12/23. Yield 484 oz. or about 3.8 gallons of Bombers. Conditioned with 1/4 cup ( 2 oz.) organic sugar and half can quality apple juice concentrate. Tasted at 24 hrs due to a nice Xmas buzzzzzzzz and babbling w/fellow HB'ers who have been out of the game. Already a carbonation building as a slight carb-pop was heard. Citrus, passion-fruit and nectar flavors with a nice bitter hop finish along w/apple and floral bouquets.
Very please so far as was my company.......Did a carb test plastic bottle ( did not have a soda bottle so I had to use a thicker Gatorade bottle - too thick for accuracy ? ) so I don't end up with Cider Bombs in case I have the priming sugars a little too high? Did another test this morn w/a half bottle that was capped and put into a vial to test for clarity and carb inspection....it was fizzing away nicely.
Looks like all might be well in cider land for my first batch! At what point do you put them in a colder environment ( now at 64/65 ) to age and not blow? I'm use to ale brewing and just leaving at cooler ( basement) temps for years........
Now on to another! All input welcome!