you might want to think about another batch with an ale or wheat for more of a pub style cider that you can start drinking in 3-6 weeks while you are waiting for the L1118 batch to age.
I have a second 5 gal with Safale s-04 with the same juice fermenting as we speak. I will also be picking up another 10 gal on September 19th.
CvilleKevin, are you saying that using a wine or champagne yeast means that I have to let it age for a full year while I can get away with 3-6 using the S-04? How different is the taste from one to the other? What yeast would you use if my goal is to make a strongbow clone? I will be fermenting both yeast to complete dryness and adjust after with apple concentrate and non-fermentable sugar to desired taste.