I am not too familiar with cider, mostly do beer brewing. Strangely enough the hubby isn't a big beer drinker and requested some cider. I made a small 2.5 gallon recipe to give it a try, using store boughten apple cider, Lalvin Ec-1118 champagne yeast and sugar(I believe I used 5 cups). Very simple recipe and backsweetened it with Splenda. He thought it tasted too much like champagne, and I thought the apple flavors were too strong. Any recommendations on another simple recipe that we both might like? He was hoping for something along the lines of Mikes hard "_______" fill in the blank which I am ok with, there are so many recipes and this is just not my area so any suggestions would be aprreciated!