So, I love your recipe and have used it for inspiration.
After a couple batches, I ventured out a little, borrowing parts of your recipe - and, like you, borrowing parts from the recipes of others on HBT - and came up with something that I can produce quickly and consistently. This is especially handy when my pipeline is a little lean. Well, frankly, variations of this seem to dominate my pipeline now...
6 gallons Costco Apple Juice
2 lb brown sugar (I use C&H from Costco, which comes in 4lb packages)
2 oz yeast energizer
1 pk Nottingham ale yeast
OG is typically between 1.060 and 1.065; I'm not perfectly precise with the brown sugar. I ferment down to about 1.010, which is consistently 4-5 days. Gotta love that!
1 can raspberry apple concentrate (or similar)
2 can(s) pomegranate blueberry concentrate (or similar)
Basically, I back sweeten to taste, depending on mood, GF's mood, and expected guests. I recently did a cran-apple version (3 cans). Not crazy about it, but the neighbor loves it. It's pretty hard to go wrong.
Typically, I will immediately pour the next batch right on the previous yeast cake. I'll do that three times. It's arbitrary, but works for me. Yes, we go through A LOT of this!
I keg and force carb, too, but I use the shake and roll method. I start drinking it in a day or two. I don't specifically cold crash, but it clears up in a week or so (if it lasts that long).
The extra gallon I have after kegging (and before back-sweetening) is kept in the refrigerator and I leave it still. Gotta do quality control, right?
Because this is so consistent, quick and easy, it will be my base cider outside of apple season. Next on the agenda is to try a few different peppers!
Thanks for the inspiration!