I started some cider about 48 hours ago. I've spent many of those hours on this forum learning and googling terminology. Many people have been reporting crazy smells or rhino farts within the first day. I've got crazy activity with the airlock, at least every 3 seconds, and the odor from the lock is fantastic, smells like apple juice mixed with a pale ale. I'm sure this is one of those varying answer questions, but should there be a smell?
I too, like everyone else beginning didn't do a gravity reading; or in my case was clueless of what a hydrometer even was until this forum (hmmm...you would think the LHBS would be more than happy to sell a clueless person a bunch of stuff....) though I'll be definitely picking one up.
I'm still shocked at how 'simple' the whole brewing process was. I feel like I surely must be missing something....
Juice, Sugar, Yeast. if that's it, why isn't everybody doing this????