i'm new to the homebrew realm.
back in late october, i decided to try a batch of hard cider using pre-bottled organic apple cider [no preservatives/additives].
i heated the juice, pitched a lalvin yeast with some nutrients in a 1 gal. jug and let it ferment for nearly 2 weeks, until it read 1.000 [which was around 8% abv, i believe]
i then racked into a new 1 gallon jug and let it sit.
well, here it is almost 2 months later. i guess i didnt realize it had been so long.
tonight i moved the contents into 2 smaller jugs.
upon sampling, there is sort of a strange, unappealing, dry bland funky flavor. and a little harsh alcohol taste. if swallowed immediately, it's not very noticeable, but if it's rolled around on the pallet for a few seconds, it's pretty apparent. i'm no expert by any means, but it's obvious to me that it's not a great batch.
just wondering if maybe i aged it for too long, because when i first racked it i dont think it was this funky.
or, could it be the juice i used, or maybe the lalvin d47. or both?
or, should i have stopped the ferment before it reached that alcohol level?
any input would be awesome.