Ok, for my first batch I decided to start with hard cider (instead of beer) just to get used to some of the equipment/techniques before going all out. I've got my cider in the carboy (the big plastic jar?) with the airlock and it bubbled furiosly after about 3 days (recipe said 1-2 days), then that subsided. My recipe says the cider should go translucent after 10-14 days and it hasnt yet. (today is day 10).
now I have the cider in the basement, where it stays a steady 68-70 or so, but I do have those small basement windows with no curtains letting light in during the day (they're about 12 by 18 inches). Is this a huge problem? I'm assuming the light might just retard the yeast a bit so it might take longer, but last night I covered the container with a big cardboard box to block the light. So how do you think this will affect the fermentation process?