Originally Posted by Revvy
You can do whatever you want, it's your batch. You can suck it all out of the carboy with a straw, while naked if you want. But you will more than likely find that you and your friends may get more enjoyment if ...
They'll get enjoyment from the cider, but the sight of adanac sitting nekkid suckin' cider wit' a straw would give them quite a belly laf... and then the rest of us, 'cuz you KNOW somebody'd post it to youtube...
I have been brewing cider for somewhat over a year, and I haven't found anything that I've made that doesn't suck (nekkidness and straws not withstanding), and I was feeling pretty dismal about the whole thing. Until I came across one that had been overlooked in my disgust. I figured I'd better drink it, or at least sample it, to complete my degradation. It was surprisingly good. Really, really good. My faith in humanity was restored, and more importantly, my self-respect. So WHAT if the first batches tasted like sump water? So WHAT if small animals passed out from the smell? So WHAT if I could successfully use it as a rodenticide? Eventually, even *I* could make something ... remotely drinkable.
So I haven't given up. My patience hasn't gotten a LOT better, but now I can see what they were talking about when they kept saying to LEAVE IT ALONE.
If your results are like mine, you'll be pretty blah about the out-of-the-vessle results, and at 3 months, not much better. Bottle them. Hide them. Lock them up. Forget about them. Start another batch, on blind faith if you have to. Then start another. Set a timer or mark your calendar, or even do a Google reminder. Open one of the original puppies up and give it a sample. Compare it to the batch you're getting ready to bottle. It'll make it easier to salt them away for another day.
You can also try the Graf. I've had mixed results with it. I gave much of it away to folks at work, who thought it was apple bier, or maybe a hoppy hefi-zomthin'. I don't know beans about beer, but I know I don't want my cider tasting like it. But you know, it sucks a lot less (out of the carboy, or at 3-4 weeks in the bottle) than anything else I've made -- and, while I still think it's beer-y, it's not TOO bad... and the folks at work want more of my mistakes. Heh.
(seriously... if you leave an open 5 gallon bucket in the garage, with about 1 quart of bad brew in the bottom? You get wet, drunk, and then drowned mice. True story)