Decided to try my first cider earlier this week. I didn't want to take up any carboy real estate so I'm fermenting in an old "mr beer" fermenter.
Since it doesn't use an airlock, it's hard to tell if there is much happening. I did however notice the "snap, crackle, pop"- rice krispie sound coming from inside the fermenter. I assume this is yeast hard at work.
Is this an acceptable method for monitoring that there's activity going on?
I'm trying to refrain from taking hydrometer readings as much as possible, since it's only 2.5 gallons and I want to save as much final product as possible