After waiting over a month only to be disappointed by my first attempt at apple cider, I decided to do some experimenting of my own. I've found that in just 5 days you can have a gallon of delicious apple cider in the refrigerator to enjoy.
1 gal apple juice
2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp Wine Yeast
1/2 tsp potassium sorbate
(Spices are optional)
2 gal food grade bucket with lid and airlock
1 gal glass carboy
Fine mesh bag
First, I dissolved 2 cups of sugar in a pan with just enough water to cover the surface, next I combined the dissolved sugar with the apple juice in a 2 gal food-grade bucket, finally I pitched 1/8 tsp of Wine Yeast and fastened the lid with airlock.
After 5 days I added 1/2 tsp of potassium sorbate to stop fermentation around 5% ABV then filtered the cider into a 1 gal glass carboy using a funnel and fine mesh bag.
The result-fresh apple flavor with a relaxing amount of alcohol. Cheers!