I started my first cider last weekend using 5 gallons of Ziegler's pasteurized cider and a packet of S-04. The juice had an OG of 1.052. I simply dumped the juice into a sanitized plastic fermenter and added the rehydrated yeast. I've checked the gravity twice this week and despite a non-bubbling airlock, the SG is currently 1.018. It's proceeding just like everyone on the board said it would.
I tasted it this morning and I gotta tell ya it's delicious! It seems a tad sweet so I'm going to let it go a couple of more days and check it again.
I've read the posts and it seems there's two schools of thought on when to keg. I can either stop fermentaion with potassium sorbate when I find the taste to my liking, or I can let it ferment out and then backsweeten. Since its my first attempt, I'm torn. If this was your batch what would you do?