My first hard cider came out real dry. The 2 gallon pail sat in my closet for one year and the alcohol content is about 7%. It seemed too dry for my taste. After some research I decided to sweeten it with a little truvia. I didn't hear too many bad reviews and it's a natural sweetener. Since bottling I was able to coax a little carbonation out of it, not too much. Now for the taste and color. It went from clear to a diluted mountain dew color. As for the taste,,, terrible! I had added just enough to the batch to get a slight bit of sweetness, the flavor increased over time. I will never use truvia this again. My burned stout beer batch tastes far better.