I know this goes against everything that usually gets said on here but , I just finished bottling a batch of cider made with added brown sugar and Lavlin EC-118 champagne yeast that only took 7 days. I know that does not let it get to its full potential but it is no longer sweet, so the sugar was pretty much used up and the alcohol content is higher than beer ,....can tell that because of the buzz I have after drinking 2 bottles. Tastes like a good but tart apple wine. Its not clear but not extremely cloudy either. If you are after just good drinking cider without having to be perfect , 7 days is all you need. I am sitting here drinking and enjoying it as I type this so I know it can be done....14 days would be even better, either way it will be done way before thanksgiving.