Hello all, first post!
I've been researching a lot about making some cider, it seems a lot less complicated then beer, and with a much shorter waiting period before enjoying the fruits of your labor.
So after pouring over this site and youtube videos, I think I'm ready to give it a shot.
My concern at this point is my lack of equipment and the cause of that, the lack of cash to spend. So with what I have, can I do this? I have...
10 x 1 gal
1 x 3 gal
1 x 5 gal
and vapor locks for them all.
I was thinking of starting with 1 gal batches, just to see how it goes. Hoping that I can proceed without specialized tools, I don't have bottles or kegs to store the final product in. Would 4L plastic milk jugs work? I've read that the plastic will let some oxygen through, but by that point it shouldn't be an issue? I would like it to be carbed, but I'm thinking that won't work with the milk jugs. So then 2L pop bottles would work? However I couldn't use the stove top pasteurization with plastic bottles. So I would have to stick them all in the fridge. How long do they need to stay in the fridge to stop fermentation before storing at room temp?
Any other ideas for cheap final storage?