Originally Posted by beermonster1985
can someone please put what hydrometer readings mean what for alcaholic cider please
If you have any cider books, it is usually in the appendix.
Anyway, they suggest OG should be above 1.055 (about 7%), but don't go higher than 1.065 (8.6%) if you are just working with juice (I'm a purist and don't like adding sugar to cider). All the sugars in cider are fermentable, which means it will finish at less than 1.000. Do not try to stop it before that, as it is nearly impossible. It is best to let it go, stabilize it, and then add back juice or a tish of sugar to make it sweet.