Hello all, GREAT forum, I've been a 'lurker' on here for a while, and finally decided to ask a question. So, my wife agreed to my keg system only if I promised to keep a keg of cider on-tap at all times, and I'm finding it hard to make a batch that I like. I've tried many things but would prefer simple and inexpensive ingredients, don't like using additives and chemicals in my batches, and I do have room to cold-crash.
I'm finding lots of cider posts talking about bottling and aging, but I'm kegging and plan to drink it ASAP. I'm not a beer-snob or purist, I'd really prefer to use grocery store ingredients, or homebrew store stuff, but I'm not going to be crushing my own apples or visiting the mill (this time). Also, after reading a really good post here from CvilleKevin, I'm thinking I'll use Safale S-04 yeast. And temperatures in my area (Sacramento) are fairly high this time of year.
Oh, and I'm hoping for a cider that has a strong apple flavor, fairly high alcohol, and some sweetness. Any help and/or recipes would be much appreciated!!