its likely to be ok, Hard cider is pretty tough to mess up... i would definatly hope you got a food grade bucket, thats your make or break now... unfortuatly you wont have your cider in time for christmas it takes about 4 to 6 weeks at minimum to be bottle able, unless you get the desired ABV and crash fermentation and force carb... that still takes time... even if your shooting for only 5% your still looking at atleast 3 weeks and you need to crash and carb and bottle and let it sit for at least a week... so in that respect as a christmas present its kind of funked... i would sugest getting a few packs of WoodChucks and pealing the lables and getting new brown cardboard holders and just saying its your brew if your hearts set on makeing a good impression... unfortunatly that not honarable but it will make everbody think you can brew... sorry about the hand and the carboy, reason number 3481 why i dont brew in glass and yes that means there are 3480 more reasons why i dont use glass... well good luck hope your batch turns out
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