Just cracked open my first jar of cider. Hasn't had time to age, but it still tastes pretty good. I used store bought juice, with Lavlin EC-1118. It's also astoundingly clear. You can't really tell the clarity in the picture, but its excellent in a glass. I didn't really expect my first batch to be this good. And yes, I did use mason jars. Filled to the top, I've never had any trouble out of them with any other brews. They've even held up to carbonation before.